Its rapid spread will dominate the proceedings of the North American leaders summit to be held in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
Health officials and experts here have warned governments around the world that the new wave of swine flu could badly affect people in the poorest and least prepared parts of the world.
“The virus is still around and ready to explode,” William Scheffner, an influenza expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who advises federal health officials, was quoted as saying by The Washington Post. “We’re potentially seeing a very big mess,” he said.
Officials of the Obama administration said that this issue and their collective efforts to deal with it will be discussed at the summit of leaders of North America. “We will focus on preparing for the response to H1N1 and the North American flu season,” National Security Adviser, General (Retd) James Jones told reporters while briefing about the summit.
Deputy National Security Advisor John O. Brennan said, “Everyone believes that H1N1 is going to be a challenge for all of us, and that there are people who are going to be sick to fall and die.” A significant public health challenge for America.