E3 not scared of swine flu, says ESA

"Officials taking all appropriate steps."

The Entertainment Software Association has said June's E3 Expo has not been affected by the outbreak of swine flu.

"The 2009 E3 Expo is progressing as planned," ESA spokesperson Dan Hewitt told Joystiq. "Public health officials are taking all appropriate steps and we continue to follow their direction on all measures."

"We look forward to a great event, and to seeing you in Los Angeles in June."

Swine flu is reported to have spread from Mexico, up into the US and Canada, and then over to the rest of the world. The North American continent has the highest amount of confirmed cases and deaths, according to the BBC's map. The US only recently confirmed the first non-Mexican death from the disease.

Plus, map fans, Los Angeles is only a few-hundred kilometres from the Mexican border, meaning the ESA may have more of a problem organising an event for a predicted 40,000 attendees - both national and international - than it is letting on.

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