Mexico says no cause for alarm in face of rising H1N1 cases

The Mexican government insists that there is no cause for alarm following a rise in cases of H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, despite media reports to the contrary.

Mexico's federal and state health officials agree that there has been an increase in cases, but regard the number as falling well within the range of a normal flu season, according to Fox News Latino.

Despite repeated requests to clarify its reports, the Mexican health ministry has listed contradictory numbers on its website and has yet to specify exactly how many cases of the illness it can confirm, according to the Associated Press.

The federal education ministry recently announced that it would begin screening elementary students across the country for the H1N1 strain. It then altered its message to say that schools would only be screened if students exhibited symptoms.

A small number of schools in Mexico City recently closed their doors as a result of swine flu fears. The education ministry said that the closed schools were not publicly funded and the decisions to close them were made by parents and administrators, not government officials.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that while Mexico is seeing an uptick in H1N1 cases, the United States is seeing more H3N2 cases. Both strains were included in this year's seasonal influenza vaccine.

"We are not aware of any unusual changes in the virus in Mexico that would be concerning," CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said, the Associated Press reports.