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Deadly swine flu virus in Mexico

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Hum, I read in the news that schools and universities were closed today in Mexico to avoid the propagation of flu... and where news is really not good, it would be a swine flu virus, that mutated from pig disease into a human one (like the bird flu). "It's a worrisome new strain that combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans".

 

It was even recommended to Mexican people not to shake hands and to avoid subway !

 

Mexico shuts schools in capital in flu scar | U.S. | Reuters

 

BBC NEWS | Americas | Experts probe deadly Mexico flu

 

At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

 

Apparently the virus first appeared in South USA and propagated to Mexico, mostly Mexico City. If you plan to travel to DF, be careful !

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I would not worry about this at all, its everywhere right now, its here in Canada as well. So if you are going to get it, you are going to get it, you can get it at home just as easily as in Mexico, so don't stress about it.

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Originally Posted by heidi_lk View Post
So far its just an advisory and warning to becareful. Apparently there have been no new cases in several days. But I was worried about my guests... One guest already posted a warning on his facebook page... come on, don't need to scare people. He did take it down though when we asked, we leave in 20 days dont need a bunch of fearful guests. I'm sure there would be a much stricter warning if it was a serious threat to tourists.
Oh Mylanta!!! Serious eye roll going on over here... lol

I had a guest calling/txting me FREAKING out over the "drug war" issue in MX, saying she had 3 friends who had already cancelled their trips to MX. Aye yi yi... had to deal with that and now this?!

I think there is another thread on BDW about this and I read that earlier... well, my Grandma called about 15 mins later saying "have you heard the news?". I thought "uh oh, someone's either preggo or sick..." so I said "is it good or bad?" and she said "bad" and then just paused for like 5 seconds (scared the sh!t outta me! LOL). then she told me about this mexican swine flu... thank goodness i'd just read about it on here, and was able to tell her it actually started (they think) in the southern U.S., and apparently CA is is experiencing issues too.. so, basically you could also get sick if you stayed home. (Maybe not that simple, but...) Sounds like it's confined right now to Mexico D.F. (Mexico City). I'm getting married 1 mo. from today in PV, and looked it up and it's about 800+km away from there.

SERIOUSLY hope my guests do NOT start freaking out about this one too!!! ARGH!!! shitfan.gif

Just be smart like you would at home ~ like someone else said, wash your hands, try to avoid germs as much as possible, etc... If there was a huge epidemic they would severely warn against travel to MX, IMO!

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I just wanted to make it clearer : right now it's concerning mostly Mexico DF (ie the capital, Mexico city), not the other areas.

 

We also had two cases in Texas...

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I don't see a reason to freak out about going to Mexico since it's in the U.S., too. This is right from the CDC website:

 

"From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in California, Texas, and Mexico have been identified. An investigation into these cases is ongoing."

 

CDC - Influenza (Flu) | Swine Influenza (Flu)

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