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Swine flu outbreak hits Mexico

Mexico City schools closed Friday after concerns of a deadly swine flu virus sweeping the nation, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Authorities have suggested wearing masks to help prevent further cases of the virus, and masks were being handed out on street corners and at subway stations by health care workers, the New York Times reported.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced extended emergency powers Saturday that may include isolating patients with the virus and canceling public events, the New York Times reported.

The flu strain has killed as many as 68 people, with more than 1,000 cases. The government has encouraged people to stay in their homes by canceling some public events, the New York Times reported.

Many of the people who died were younger people or adults, usually a less-vulnerable group to flu viruses, which has increased concern about the strain, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The World Health Organization met Saturday in Geneva to discuss the strain of swine flu and the possibility of it becoming a wide-scale epidemic, the New York Times reported.