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EUR: Global health officials mull how to slow swine flu

Wed Jul 22 18:49:58 EST 2009

In part of a global effort to slow the spread of swine flu .. some Muslim countries are advising pregnant women not to attend the hajj pilgrimage.

China is quarantining any visitor suspected of having a fever .. while priests in New Zealand have been banned from placing Communion wafers on worshippers' tongues.

Experts are divided on whether the measures will work to slow the virus down while a vaccine's being developed.

Students across Europe may have their summer vacations extended after the World Health Organisation said keeping schools closed is one option countries could consider.

The WHO says deaths from the H1N1 virus have doubled in the past three weeks .. from about 330 at the start of July to more than 700.