Avoid nonessential travel to Mexico

CDC is concerned that continued travel by U.S. travelers to Mexico presents a serious risk for further outbreaks of swine flu in the United States. At this time, CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

If you must travel to an area that has reported cases of swine flu:

Stay Informed and Check updates from the:

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
– Secretaria de Salud,
– World Health Organization

Monitor announcements from Mexico’s Ministry of Health and local government including information about affected areas, as not all areas are equally affected.

Follow local public health guidelines, including any movement restrictions and prevention recommendations.

Be aware that Mexico is checking all exiting airline passengers for signs of swine flu. Exit screening may cause significant delays at airports.

Travelers from the United States going to Mexico who are at high risk of severe illness from influenza (for example persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, and the elderly) are recommended to take antiviral medications for prevention of swine influenza during travel. The recommended antiviral drugs for swine influenza are oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu?) and zanamivir (brand name Relenza?). Both are prescription drugs that fight against swine flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in the body. These drugs can prevent infection if taken as a preventative. Talk to your doctor about correct indications for using influenza antiviral medications. Always seek medical care if you are severely ill.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA



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