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Last updated: 29 october, 2009 - 15:04 GMT

Patient Zero

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As swine flu spreads around the world, spare a thought for the Mexico village where the virus started.

La Gloria in Veracruz is home to Edgar Hernandez - as a four year old boy, he became the world’s first swine flu patient.

He survived and became an overnight sensation, putting his family and his village firmly in the global spotlight.

The attention helped bring progress to La Gloria. Once dusty roads are now being paved, and a statute was erected in Edgar’s honour.

However surviving swine flu was only the beginning of his family's problems.

Outlook’s Susana Seijas visited them in La Gloria and they told her about their experiences.

A statue has been erected in Edgar's village in his honour

A statue has been erected in Edgar's village in his honour

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