Mexican-Americans want swine flu answers

April 29, 2009 7:05:30 PM PDT
Mexican Americans in the Bay Area are desperate for more information about the swine flu. While they are getting some news from relatives in Mexico, they are turning to the sources they trust the most to guide them.

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Spanish-language radio host Carlos Demarty talked about the fear the swine flu has created.

Using Skype, he featured a Mexican reporter on his show offering listeners the latest -- live from Mexico.

Spanish-speaking residents in San Francisco's Mission District are desperate for any additional information, especially of the medical kind.

Doctor Ricardo salvages is the medical director at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center. He's telling patients don't panic.

"I was to reiterate, repeat, this message, that there has not been one case of swine flu in the city and county of San Francisco," said Dr. Alvarez.

Still, the center has seen an increase in patients concerned with catching swine flu, known as "influenza porcina" in Spanish.

Leonor Ortega came to the center after feeling sick. She said she was afraid because there were children around her.

Beginning today, the center is distributing written information about its symptoms and how to keep it from spreading. Hand sanitizers have also been added.

Some Mexican-Americans living in the Bay Area say they now have one more thing to worry about --family members forced out of work because of the swine flu.

Elisa Cobarrubias says because restaurants in Mexico are only allowed to do take out, many restaurant workers have been laid off.

"This is really bad. Every time we call they say if you can help send some money or something, so it's not only affecting them but us too," said Cobarrubias.

She hopes the same doesn't happen here.

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