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Swine Flu: A Frontline Report


International economist serves up breaking video.

The number of deaths officially attributed to the swine flu increased to as many as 152 this morning, all in Mexico. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stands at 50. The World Health Organization yesterday raised its pandemic alert level to 4 on a scale of 1-6. And Bloomberg is now reporting there is increasing demand for antiviral drugs, hand sanitizers and face masks.

Meanwhile, there continue to be conflicting reports coming out of Mexico about the severity of the cases and the possibility that the outbreak and its spread are being under reported. Below are three video reports Minyanville's Laurie Petersen commissioned from her friend, a and current Mexico City resident, Dyana Pari Nafissi.

One of the remarkable things about the Internet is how its immediacy can be leveraged to report on unfolding events in real time. This impact is even more dramatic when combined with video.

Dyana moved to Mexico City in 2006 and recently completed her coursework for a Global MBA from ITESM (Mexico) and Thunderbird (US). Building upon her experience as a top financial advisor for a major Financial company in San Francisco, Dyana is involved in the Private Capital community in Mexico City and currently consults in International Business Development for infrastructure companies.

A specialist in both Western and Eastern capital, Dyana's innovative business development is recognized both professionally and academically. A Humanitarian Economist, Dyana wakes up every day ready to put her financial savvy and cross cultural skills to work to make
this world a better place. Dyana will graduate with her MBA in June and, along with her consulting, will also pursue her career as a Global Financial Journalist based in the center of Mexico City.

See the rest of the videos here.

In addition to these reports exclusively for Minyanville, Dyana has been posting other updates about daily life in Mexico City since the swine flu outbreak began on her Youtube page.

For a perspective on Mexican markets, see the MXF and MXE.
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