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29 april 2009 - La Gloria, Mexico - Portrait of Edgar Hernandez's father. La Gloria, villlage in the southern Mexican state of Veracruz, where the new strain of swine flu was first detected, is home to Edgar Hernandez, a five-year-old boy who is the earliest recorded survivor of swine flu identified in Mexico so far..Edgar started feeling unwell in late March, suffering fever, headache and a very sore throat. The Mexican government believes he is the first person to have been infected by the swine flu virus. What remains a mystery is how Edgar contracted it, and how the virus has been spread. Several hundred people in the village of La Gloria, had also been sick with a respiratory disease, some falling ill back in December. Local people have blamed the contamination by pig waste spread into the air and water from nearby industrial pig farms, known as Granjas Carroll and owned by the Virginia-based multinational company Smithfield Foods. A Smithfield spokeswoman says the company has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the flu in its swine herd or its employees in Mexico. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus / Sipa Press