By now you’ve most likely heard about the swine flu epidemic in Mexico, and to a lesser extent, in the U.S. So, what do you do if you have plans to travel to Mexico? First, check often for updated from the CDC and the State Department.
At this time, the CDC is recommending that people avoid non essential travel to Mexico. In general, you should also follow the CDC’s recommendations for avoiding catching the desease:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid contact with sick people.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Some airlines, such as Continental, Delta, United, American, and others, have relaxed their change and cancelation policies for people traveling to and from Mexico. Some tour operators I work with, like Travel Impressions and Funjet Vacations, are also working with customer who want to reschedule or cancel their upcoming trips to that country.
Moreover, classes at all levels have been suspended across the country, and the American Embassy has suspended all but the most essential services. This clearly is proof of how serious people are taking this outbreak.
At this time, however, no cruise line has announced plans to alter itineraries that call on Mexican ports, but they have indicated that measures will be taken to reduce the chance of outbrakes on their ships.
If you are (or were) planning a trip to Mexico, please comment on how this epidemic is affecting your plans.
Regards,Enrique Brener KC Travel N. Miami Beach, FL www.kctravel.jurni.net firstname.lastname@example.org 305-792-0618 FL Seller of Travel Reg. TI-35171