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Old 04-28-2009   #766 (permalink)
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The wording of the official warning issued by Canada Foreign Affairs yesterday:




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OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Mexico, due to an outbreak of human swine influenza.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is tracking an outbreak of human swine influenza (flu) with deaths in Mexico. Since March 18, 2009, clusters of cases have been reported in multiple regions in Mexico. Most of the cases involve previously healthy young adults between 25 and 44 years old. Some health care workers have also been affected. Mexico is currently experiencing a late influenza season that began in early March 2009.

Canadians already in Mexico should monitor local news bulletins and follow the advice of local authorities. Travellers should also contact their airline, tour operator or travel agent to verify travel plans.

The PHAC recommends that travellers follow the same precautionary measures as with seasonal influenza. These include receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, washing your hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. Canadians who have recently travelled to Mexico and who develop symptoms of influenza or severe respiratory illness, especially high fever are advised to seek medical attention immediately. For more information, please see the PHAC Travel Health Warning and information page on human swine influenza.

Sounds like a fairly calm and reasonable warning to me. It is an 'avoid non-essential travel' recommendation at this point, people can make up their own minds whether or not to travel.

Not allowing people to choose to go on a vacation at this point seems to me to be over the top- but that is not the case here.
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So unhealthy 47 year olds are OK?
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So unhealthy 47 year olds are OK?

yup- you are good to go!
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yup- you are good to go!
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yup- you are good to go!

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OK, that settles it. If you're over 44, you're safe. Whew....finally something good about being in my fifties!!!
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Looks like charters to Mexico from Canada are pretty much business as usual... I went to the site we usually book our vacation on, and found this page.


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The Public Health Agency of Canada has now issued a official warning advising against non-essential travel to Mexico due to the outbreak of human swine influenza.

Any Escapes.ca customers who are schedule to depart to Mexico in the imminent future should contact one of our vacation specialist for complete details pertaining to the tour operator / airline with whom your travel reservations are made. While each travel operator has different rules regarding this situation, many are now allowing customers to make alternate arrangements if you are scheduled to depart up to specific dates. Contact us by calling 1-888-685-6888 or 604-685-6885 and press option 1.

Customers who have booked online through our website should call 1-888-685-6888 and press option 2.

Public Health Agency of Canada official website:
Travel Report for Mexico


Passengers who continuing with their travel arrangements are advised to take the following precautions:


Get vaccinated against seasonal flu before departure. This vaccine probably will not prevent a person from contracting swine flu if exposed to the virus, but it may protect against simultaneous swine flu and seasonal flu infection, a situation that could increase the potential for mutation of the swine flu virus.

Adhere to hygiene practices; that is, covering the mouth with the hand when coughing, washing the hands often with soap and warm water, and restricting direct physical contact.

See a doctor if symptoms appear, even two weeks after returning from travel. Symptoms to watch out for are fatigue, fever, aching muscles and pain in the eyes, and headaches.

Periodically consult governmental public health websites for the latest recommendations issued by authorities.
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If one more person tells me I have to stay home.....I'm sure they all mean well but there are supposedly 3 cases in Sacramento now - that's much closer to us than we will be in relation to Mexico City! My sister said she's going to "bedazzle" me a mask....
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Wow, I seem to remember pointing this sort of thing out WAY back near the beginning of the thread, and being told that I was being overly defensive in that and not acknowledging the reality of the situation and so forth, and why couldn't we have a discussion without such overly defensive reactions, etc.

And there you go -- déjà vu all over again! Because on that and other topics I was saying we shouldn't jump the gun, you know, and start talking about stuff in a fast and loose way, and stick to the hard and confirmed facts, instead of listening to misleading exaggerations like the type that tend to show up in the press...

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Well, anyway, glad to hear that kind of point and view coming out more and evidently being more accepted, now!

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I for one accepted that view from the start and alluded to the wait and watch type of approach.......so I don't really feel spoken to, even if I was quoted here.
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This courtesy (well...I didn't ask ) of Mark's (PlayadelSoul) Facebook status:

New influenza virus making the rounds in the US and elsewhere. It has been labelled Influenza LackofCommonSensia FU1. Seems to be spreading like Lindsay Lohan's legs.


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See a doctor if symptoms appear, even two weeks after returning from travel. Symptoms to watch out for are fatigue, aching muscles and pain in the eyes, and headaches



I usually always feel like this when I get home from Playa. It always goes away after a few days in Rehab.
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can she make one for me too?

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If one more person tells me I have to stay home.....I'm sure they all mean well but there are supposedly 3 cases in Sacramento now - that's much closer to us than we will be in relation to Mexico City! My sister said she's going to "bedazzle" me a mask....

I wish I could leave now so I didn't have to hear one more person ask, "so, are you still going"? That annoys me more than hearing about the flu! Putting things in perspective, chances are very slim.....not saying I won't get it-- "knock on wood", but I think my chances of winning the lottery are better! Only 5 more sleeps!!!!
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Just heard that TUI has also cancelled charter flights to Mexico City until May fourth. No word on CUN.
Others offer free cancellation.
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I wish I could leave now so I didn't have to hear one more person ask, "so, are you still going"? That annoys me more than hearing about the flu! Putting things in perspective, chances are very slim.....not saying I won't get it-- "knock on wood", but I think my chances of winning the lottery are better! Only 5 more sleeps!!!!
I want to leave now too. I might get sick if I stay home! My daughter has a bug (not flu - made her go to the doctor yesterday) and I will be seriously put out if she shares with me!
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Heard that Mexicana out of Dallas to Cancun is losing passengers left and right.......
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