IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

Healing prayer counters flu fears

Common Sense, not panic. That's what healthcare authorities called for as concern over a swine flu outbreak in Mexico stirred around the globe. Strong cooperation and coordination among nations, not an international blame-game, were the order of the day. Experts saw these as key to a united effort to stop the spread of the contagious disease.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States identified the sickness as a new strain of influenza, and Mexico responded promptly. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) promoted steps such as managing the scope and timing of some public gatherings, limiting nonessentinal travel to certain areas, and distributing face masks that some believe reduce the likelihood of transmitting the illness.

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