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Last updated: 1 may, 2009 - 17:54 GMT

Mexico shuts down in attempt to slow the spread of swine flu

Mexico's ususal May Day celebrations have been cancelled all over the country and in the capital, Mexico City, government buildings are closed for the next five days.

Shops, restaurants, bars and gyms have shut down in an attempt to stop the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

President Calderon has asked Mexicans to stay at home over the holiday weekend.

The health minister says there has been a noticeable drop in the number of people being admitted to hospital with severe flu symptoms, but as the BBC's Stephen Gibbs reports from Mexico City there is still a lot of anxiety.

The BBC's Stephen Gibbs in Mexico City

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Only key services such as public transport, supermarkets and hospitals are being kept open.

So, what does that mean for Mexicans obliged to work in such places; flu or no flu?

Susana Seijas went to the airport to find out.

A thermal scanner records the temperature of a man and a child, as a precaution against the swine flu outbreak, before they board a plane at Mexico City"s airport, Friday, May 1, 2009

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David Cuen works for the BBC's Latin American service and is from Mexico.

What kind of medical facilities are available to people?

A doctor wearing protective gear examines a child in an area set up to treat people suspected of being sick with swine flu at the Naval hospital in Mexico City

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First broadcast 1 May 2009

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