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Mexico's top epidemiologist wants probe of WHO response to swine flu

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MEXICO CITY - Mexico's top epidemiologist says the World Health Organization was slow to react to an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that grew into the swine flu epidemic, and wants a probe.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Dr. Miguel Angel Lezana says he is troubled by the response of the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, and its parent organization, the WHO, in the early days of the outbreak.

Lezana, director of the National Epidemiology Center, says it notified PAHO on April 16 about the outbreak in Mexico, but that action wasn't taken until eight days later, when the WHO announced the spreading epidemic.

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