Most of the suspected fatalities were, and still are, in the capital, Mexico City.
The city is at an elevation of 2,300m (7,540ft). It is home to almost 23 million people. Most days, a thick polluted smog can be seen hanging over the vast metropolis.
Every year, swine flu or not, over half a million cases of respiratory problems are reported in the city.
"You can imagine that right now there is a lot of paranoia," says Dr Franciso Moreno, an expert in infectious diseases at the ABC medical centre in Mexico City.
"About 90% of the patients who have come to the hospital in the last few days have mild respiratory problems, from other causes."
The deluge of suspected cases has made it extremely difficult to tell who has swine flu, and who does not.
H1N1 has had consequences which few would have ever predicted. Something which possibly began in rural communities in Mexico has led to the quarantine of a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, and the slaughter of all the pigs in Egypt.
And has this all been a global false alarm?
The Mexican health minister says it is still too early to say. He says that the threat of new viruses should not be under-estimated.
As he spends the bank holiday weekend watching TV with his family, Pedro Aparicio says he thinks that the government did exactly the right thing.
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