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29 april 2009 - La Gloria, Mexico - An old woman resident of La Gloria. La Gloria, villlage in the southern Mexican state of Veracruz, where the new strain of swine flu was first detected. Several hundred people in the village had 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. Residents say about half the town's residents work in Mexico City and could easily have spread the virus. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus / Sipa Press