Considering the all the global and economic crises in recent weeks, the initial reports were overshadowed and even easy to ignore. That was especially true for busy managers preoccupied with the current economic downturn.
Local officials in the Mexican town of La Gloria declared a health alert because 400 people had sought help for a respiratory disease; an estimated 60% of the town's 3,000 residents were affected, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP). Eleven days later, U.S. officials confirmed that two children in adjacent California counties had become ill with swine flu the month before. And five days later - April 22 - officials confirmed there were three more cases in California and two in Texas ("A Timeline," 2009).