Deadly swine flu virus in Mexico
Posted 30 April 2009 - 11:11 PM
Can't wait to hear from you. Best wishes and Good Luck with everything!!
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:09 AM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:14 AM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:20 AM
Its been really hard to find other air!
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:24 AM
DOES IT EVER END
I had some hope this morning and was staying positive and wrote all guests this e mail, but now?
Dear friends & family,
Hello! First off, we are very excited about our upcoming wedding! However, we do want to address the "elephant in the room" - the "Swine Flu" which has unfortunately hit Mexico City. We want you all to know that we are on alert and are watching the situation closely. As you know, the U.S. media has a tendency to sensationalize these things.
So after many hours of frantic research, phone calls, and some serious soul searching... We have decided that we do not want to move the location of the wedding unless it is absolutely necessary. We still have a little more than 5 weeks, and we are praying that all of this swine flu stuff passes over. What we want for our wedding is to relax with you all in Sunny Mexico. If the situation does not get better, we may have to consider a different location. This is not the outcome that we want, but we are aware that the decision may not be up to us.
The situation in Mexico seems to change each hour.
As of right now there is NOT a travel ban to Mexico. A fellow "Destination Wedding bride" personally contacted the CDC and this is what she had to say:
I wanted to let all of you know that I just got off the phone with the CDC. I wanted them to clarify "non-essential travel" as it pertains to our situation. As of now they would NOT recommending that we cancel wedding plans as we have invested a lot of time and money in planning (therefore it is essential to us). I do understand that many of you have families that are your number one priority. Please know that we are monitoring this very closely. I will call the CDC back in a few days and will give you an update"
Please understand that this is just another strain of the flu. Every year 300,000-500,000 people world wide die annually from the "regular flu". Mexico City is not very clean (for the most part) and is the 2nd largest city in the world with 22 MILLION people! It is of course sad that some fatalities have occurred, however 150 out of 22,000,000 is not to be unexpected from a flu outbreak like this (in other words, it is not out of the norm).
Here is a good article from CNN: Regular flu has killed thousands since January - CNN.com
Every single person outside of Mexico has survived this flu and in fact has only reported MILD strains. They are not sure why it hit Mexico City so hard, but that is currently under investigation. Cancun is about a 30 hour driving trip to Mexico City. I checked with the resort on yesterday and business is running as normal. It is reported that even in Mexico City, the flu is beginning to level out. Our contact in Mexico City states that they will re-open schools and other public places on May 6th.
** So, all in all - as long as there is not a travel ban imposed on Mexico, and the situation doesn't worsen or spead to the Riviera Maya area-we plan on going! **
And as always, CNN is a great source for news. Please try and stay away from channels like FOX, etc. - they really feed off of sensationalizing these kinds of things.
A lot can and is expected to happen in the next 5 weeks. We of course have all of you in our thoughts and in the end it is your decision. We will continue to keep ourselves educated and updated on the situation, and hope you will do the same. If you choose to cancel we understand, but at this stage feel it's premature.
FOR THOSE THAT ARE INTERESTED:
***There are 2 anti-viral medications which have proven very effective in treating this strain of the flu: those are 1) Tamiflu and 2) Relenza***
These MAY BE TAKEN AS EFFECTIVE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES if you are concerned! Just go to your doctor and tell them you are visiting Mexico and request a prescription. And hey - we don't mind if you want to wear masks - would make for some interesting photo ops!
We hope to have alleviated some of your fears, and let you know that we are thinking about everyone. We do not feel at this time that there is need for worry. Remember: "Fear" can be the worst 4 letter word out there!
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Mexico!!!
Love Cary and Gail
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:26 AM
| Originally Posted by BBtoB |
I love your t-shirt! It made me lol! I think it is great!!!You should find a little pig with wings...ok, maybe that is too much...I just have this visual and it is cracking me up!
| Originally Posted by ball4402 |
Air Mexico! It was canceled because of the Flu...
Its been really hard to find other air!
FYI Andi reported on FB that she and DH are having SUCH a great time in PV that they've decided to stay another day! They figure they're safer there than at home in CO., which I totally agree with! Extended honeymoon - fun!
~ Jaime & Martin ~
"Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"
We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!
We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!
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