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Mexico Travel Precaution

Issued by CDC

Apr 26, 2009

Swine Influenza and Severe Cases of Respiratory Illness in Mexico

This information is current as of today, April 27, 2009 at 10:02
Updated April 26, 2009
Revised April 26 9 a.m. to reflect updated guidance on antiviral use in travelers.

Current Situation

Since March 18, 2009, the Government of Mexico has reported an increase in the number of cases of influenza-like-illness. occurring in several areas of Mexico. Please visit the website of the World Health Organization, for further details about these cases.

CDC has confirmed that seven of 14 respiratory specimens from patients sent to the CDC by the Mexican National Influenza Center are positive for swine influenza virus and are similar to the swine influenza viruses recently identified in the US.

CDC and state public and animal health authorities are currently investigating 20 cases of swine flu in humans in California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio, and New York City. Some of the US cases have been linked to travel to Mexico. At this time only two of the 20 cases in the US have been hospitalized and all have recovered.

This investigation is still in the early stages. Further updates to this investigation and any related travel recommendations will be posted on www.cdc.gov/travel when available.

CDC Recommendations

CDC has NOT recommended that people avoid travel to Mexico at this time. If you are planning travel to Mexico, follow these recommendations to reduce your risk of infection and help you stay healthy.

Monitor the International Situation

Check updates from the:

Prepare for your trip before you leaveDuring your visit to an area affected by swine fluMonitor the local situationPractice healthy habits to help stop the spread of germsSeek medical care if you feel sickAfter you return from MexicoAdditional Information

If you have specific questions about the swine influenza cases see http://www.cdc.gov/contact/ or call 1-800-232-4636, which is 1-800-CDC-INFO.

To learn more about travel health, visit www.cdc.gov/travel.

For the swine Influenza situation in Mexico, visit:

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