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Video by Gallagher FENWICK , Battiste FENWICK

Text by Battiste FENWICK , FRANCE 24's special correspondent in Mexico

Latest update : 2009-05-05

The battle against the (A) H1N1 virus continues at the foot of Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, while local authorities state that the epidemic is under control. The mobile free clinic "Caravan" will remain until at least May 17.

Every day, hundreds of patients come to the Caravan, a mobile clinic outside Mexico City's fine arts museum, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, to talk with health agents and to see a doctor at no cost at all.


The patients usually seek information about the H1N1 virus and want to be reassured about their health. Indeed, a lot of them are worried about their health and are not sure what to do to avoid catching the virus.

Juan Miguel Hernandez Vasconcelos, a health department agent, informs people about sanitary measures they should follow. Mainly, he recommends to his patients that they stay vigilant. "We must all remain on high alert," he says. "When people start feeling their first symptoms they should come to us immediately."

One person at the Caravan, Alejandro, describes his symptoms — fever, coughing, headache — to one of the agents. The agent immediately sends Alejandro to see the doctor, who has his office set up inside the Caravan. After a brief but thorough examination, Dr Jorge Valdez has reassuring news for Alejandro: "Fortunately, your symptoms don't correspond to the H1N1 flu."


The mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, announced Monday that restaurants and churches will reopen on Wednesday, a first step toward the resumption of normal life that everyone is looking forward to.


Date created : 2009-05-05