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Forum Name: Viral Infections
|jmm1101 - Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:24 pm||
Hi, my husband, myself and our two children (ages 4 and 2) are scheduled to travel to Cancun, Mexico for 5 days on May 3, 2009. We are very concerned about the outbreak of the swine flu, but it seems to be in the Mexico City area, not where we are travelling to. My husband and I know to wash our hands, etc., but we are worried about our children who stick their hands in the mouths all the time. Are there serious risks here even though we're travelling to the "uninfected" part of Mexico? Thanks very much for any help or guidance with this.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Wed May 06, 2009 5:54 pm||
Since this strain of flu is popping up in many countries (21, with 1600 ill from it; 500 in the U.S.), there is no way to know when it will strike in any particular place. It does appear to not be as deadly as it might have turned out to be - this is good news when fears like this are not realized.
SkyNews responds to this type of question:
What this says to me is that the resort areas have not been affected so if you don't intend to do much traveling to other populated areas, you may well be at no greater risk than you would be staying home. This is partly because the resorts bring in clean water and typically use good, hygienic practices, more like you would see in other countries. There is no way to be positive you will not have exposure to the flu.
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