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As the number of confirmed swine flu cases continues to rise around the world, MAP International is expanding its response by rushing an emergency shipment of 100,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits to Mexico, the flu's epicenter.
The PPE kits may include respiratory devices and other specialized, protective gear designed to guard the wearer against illnesses such as swine flu. It includes surgical gowns, gloves and masks.
MAP received a call Friday, May 1 requesting the shipment.
As the swine flu spreads throughout the Americas and elsewhere in the world, MAP International is responding by offering its global distribution center and staff services to its US government partners. In addition, MAP is handling requests from its field partners in Central and Latin America who are working in cooperation with in-country ministry of health offices.
MAP International is hurrying relief and emergency supplies to thousands of people in Mexico who have been stranded or injured by intense flooding and mudslides.
Heavy rains have sent torrents of neck-high muddied waters rushing through the southeastern state of Tabasco, on the Guatemala border, causing nearly 1 million people to flee to the nearby states of Veracruz and Campeche. The flooding, which began when the rising Grijalva River began bursting through walls of sandbags, is the most severe the region has seen in 50 years.