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Opinión de Julio Frenk

Don’t Blame Mexico/By Julio Frenk, Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006 and the dean of the Harvard School of Public Health
Every year approximately 10,000 Mexicans die from the effects of seasonal flu. Usually they are the elderly and the very young, people whose immune systems are not robust enough to fight off the virus. But this year has been different. The Mexican disease surveillance system, a network of more than 11,000 hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, picked up a minor but troubling trend in April. Across this nation of 110 million people, a handful of young adults had apparently died from influenza. An immediate investigation led, within a few hectic weeks, to the isolation and full genetic sequencing of the microbe causing the illness. The experts’ worst fear was confirmed: it was a new kind of influenza virus.
Some have complained that the Mexican government did not act fast enough to identify this new bug and sound the alarm. But…