U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials to collaborate against H1N1

MEXICO CITY — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jane Holl Lute joined her Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Mexico City to discuss continued collaboration to confront the spread of global H1N1 flu and further develop cooperative efforts to inform and educate the public in preparation for the fall H1N1 season.

"The shared responsibility to respond to the H1N1 pandemic requires close coordination with our Mexican and Canadian allies," Lute said Oct. 5. "Our productive meetings today built on our ongoing collaborative efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of H1N1 within our nations and across our shared borders."

The trilateral meetings focused on coordinating efforts on a broad array of issues — including continued collaboration on strategies to mitigate and respond to the spread of the H1N1 flu within each country and within the continent; emergency information sharing and communication; border issues pertaining to inspections and customs issues.