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Swine Flu and Travel Restrictions

Will the Swine Flu Affect Your Travel Plans?

Swine flu is continuing to spread to numerous healthy people, as over 100 cases have been reported now in 11 US states. Sadly, the swine flu has also recently claimed the life of a 23-month-old Mexican boy seeking treatment in Texas. Canada, Austria, New Zealand, Israel, Britain, and Germany have also reported cases of swine flu sickness. In Mexico, 159 people have died and more than 1,300 are being tested for the infection. In Spain, a woman who hasn't traveled to Mexico has come down with the swine flu.

This is extremely serious, as the World Health Organization has raised its pandemic alert for swine flu to phase 5 (phase 6 is the highest level). Officials from the US, Japan, Britain, France, Canada, Israel, Australia, and other countries are discouraging nonessential travel to Mexico. Even Cuba and Argentina have suspended flights to and from Mexico, so with these recent travel restrictions . . .


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juicy7 juicy7 8 years
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
No, I'm flying up to NJ at the end of this month, and going to Berlin and London in August. The stupid swine flu isn't going to stop me! I ain't afraid, haha!
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
I'm booked to fly to the UK (from New Zealand) in three and a half weeks, so I'm really hoping that the situation doesn't explode and result in imposed travel restrictions before then.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Trust the media to find something to incite panic over. Not saying it's completely unconcerning, but I hate when news networks do this. If I had any travel plans (sadly no) I might through in an extra bottle of hand sanitizer.
GwenCaprica GwenCaprica 8 years
I don't have any travel plans to mexico now...BUT at the beginning of the week, one of the European health-departement (since I live in Switzerland) said, he'd only travel when really needed to both Mexico and the US...and since I'm going to New York in 5 weeks I have to say no, it doesn't effect my travel plans there. Maybe with mexico it would be something different, especially since I guess you do more beach-vacations there and the travel agencies offer to go somewhere else without extra-charges, I would definitely go somewhere else, since beaches look kinda similar everywhere :P
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 8 years
I would definitely reconsider plans if I had any.
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I have some travel plans but around Europe and I really hope swine flu won't cause any problems, because I've been looking forward on that trip for a long time.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm not planning any trips to Mexico soon, but my husband is in Yuma, AZ right now and he's trying to avoid contact with anyone that's been to Mexico. MoonAphex--Your cousin shouldn't have to worry much if he hasn't been to Mexico in the last couple of weeks. The swine flu virus was not man-made, but it usually affects pigs and stays in that species. This version has mutated so that it can infect humans. Anti-viral medications are effective against it if it's caught early enough, so I'm pretty sure they're encouraging people with flu-like symptoms to get checked out to see if they really have the flu or if it's just a cold or something. Right now, when we run flu tests on anyone and they come back positive, we are sending them to the state lab for PCR analysis to see if it's truly swine flu or if it's just the regular strain. So far, I don't think we've had any confirmed cases here, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it does stay away.
booglass booglass 8 years
I have plans to head to Europe early next week and Spain is the first stop. But when you consider the number of people dying daily from malaria and other illnesses it comes into better perspective, at least it does for me. I'll be cautious but I have yet to hear anything that has me too worried.
kumquatlicious kumquatlicious 8 years
s0y p0p - Regarding the recent violence in Mexico (this thread was about the H1N1 virus) - it's all about being informed, not traveling through the border if you can avoid it, and researching the violence in your destination city. It has been mostly along the border, and in cities on "mainland" Mexico where the majority of drug cartels are located. Regardless, you can run in to violence in any country you travel in, and in the US; you just have to stay alert, informed, not be blatantly obvious that you're a tourist in any country, and enjoy your destination. It has been that way with traveling through predominately Muslim countries since 2001, and I have been fortunate to have had very positive experiences. Every country is different though. And, if still concerned, then reschedule plans. I think the majority of US school-age people who took a spring break in Cabo/Cancun/PuertoV/etc were there before this outbreak took place, which is fortunate. It does sound like some other school trips were not as fortunate though and returned with some sick kids.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Psssh... what travel plans? :cry:
s0y-p0p s0y-p0p 8 years
OMFG so what about the Cartel and the mass graves along the border right?? It's all about spring break in Cabo! LAMO
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no - it's not affecting my travel plans at all. i feel like you can't necessarily change your life because of this - but you can certainly be more cautious. for myself - i don't have any plans to go anywhere so i think that i'm safe.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Well, I'm going to New Orleans in mid July, but I'm already in Texas... so I don't think I'll be at higher risk there than I am here. In other words, no, I will not let swine flu jack up my one chance for a vacation!
kumquatlicious kumquatlicious 8 years
My honeymoon is the first week in June and we're going to Cabo San Lucas - if the travel warning lifts. We're playing it by ear now and will decide to reschedule our plans in a couple of weeks. We're not afraid of catching it, but just want to avoid the hype. Thousands die from the "normal" flu every year; I'm not downplaying that this is a new virus to watch, but still, it's the flu, and the media is overly sensationalized. I do feel sorry for those that have destination weddings in Mexico in May regarding their potential logistical rearrangements - that would be a huge hassle.
KWM KWM 8 years
I am supposed to go to Mexico next week, we have not decided yet what we are going to do, but I hope we still go!
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
My cousin is supposed to head there next week for her honeymoon. I hope that they decide to call it off for now! I think it's too risky.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't have any travel plans, so no. But, if I did, it would probably affect them.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I think that the media is trying to incite mass hysteria, but while I don't think that travelling to Mexico right now would be a good idea (if not b/c of the flu, more so about the complications you face when trying to get back IN to your own country) I'm not really fazed. I just got off a transatlantic flight 2 days ago and am flying to Budapest for a weekend in June, so this stupid flu had better not ruin my plans.
Beaner Beaner 8 years
I was just in Mexico 2 weeks ago, before this swine flu outbreak, for a good friend's bachelorette party. Her fiancé is supposed to have his bachelor party in Mexico next week, and I don't know what they're going to do. I may be a Nervous Nellie, but I wouldn't go with this recent news. People have died.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
I hate it when people start panicking over something like this.... However, I did pick up another hand sanitizer for my desk at work!
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