Flu Epidemic

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  1. p8triot37

    p8triot37 Regular Registered Member

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    Can anyone provide info as relates to Cancun?
     
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    good question - all over the news today
     
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    Mexico DF, News (English)

    Epidemic rattles nation

    BY NACHA CATTAN

    The News

    Mexican and international health officials were racing Friday to determine
    the cause and extent of a deadly flu outbreak, expressing concern that the
    new viral strain could develop into a pandemic.

    The outbreak of a variant of swine flu led federal officials to close Mexico
    City-area schools indefinitely - the first such shutdown since the
    devastating 1985 earthquake.

    They also shuttered museums, discouraged residents to go out in public and
    advised citizens against handshakes and customary greeting kisses. At the
    city's international airport, passengers were questioned to try to prevent
    anyone with flu symptoms from boarding airplanes.

    But even as the number of deaths kept rising from the 20 reported earlier
    this week, authorities refrained from imposing more drastic measures.
    Evidence that the strains were related to infections in California and Texas
    did not trigger moves to seal borders or issue travel advisories.

    And while surgical masks were a common sight on city streets and some
    businesses closed their doors, life went on more or less as usual in the
    capital. People filled shopping malls and subway cars, and street life was
    still buzzing in many areas.

    Meanwhile, health officials were struggling to understand where the virus
    came from and how they might contain it. The swine flu has taken a novel
    path in passing from human to human and has been attacking young people and
    adults who are usually less vulnerable to such viruses, epidemiologists
    said.

    "This is a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus that could take on
    pandemic properties," Health Secretary José Córdova said at a press
    conference.

    Córdova said a Eurasian strain of pig flu was responsible for the outbreak,
    while international authorities described a genetic combination of pig, bird
    and human viruses that also hailed from North America.

    Officials announced and then quickly abandoned a vaccination campaign,
    saying the medicine is likely not effective against the current strain.
    Instead, they were stocking up on the flu medicine Oseltamivir, which they
    say has shown positive results.

    Córdova said 60 people have died of flu and the new swine flu strain had
    been confirmed in 20 of those deaths. At least 1,004 people nationwide were
    sick from the suspected flu, he said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control
    and Prevention, or CDC, said it was unsure why the virus was causing so many
    deaths in Mexico while all seven U.S. patients had recovered.

    Earlier this week officials had struggled to react to the virus, initially
    refusing to call it an epidemic. Late Thursday, however, Córdova gave an
    address confirming the outbreak as an epidemic and announcing that all
    public and private schools in Mexico City and the State of Mexico would
    close Friday.

    Asked by reporters at a press conference why reaction to the virus did not
    take place sooner, after the first deaths were reported in March, health
    officials defended their response, saying their timing was indeed swift
    considering the circumstances. The Pan-American Health Organization, or
    PAHO, which has offices in Mexico and will send aid here, said Mexico is
    well-prepared but that it is difficult to detect a unique strain of
    influenza as even a regular flu can prove deadly.

    "It's not that things went undetected," said Daniel Epstein, information
    officer at PAHO. "You just don't always know what the cause is."

    U.S. and Canadian officials announced an outbreak notice to travelers, but
    stopped short of telling citizens to avoid Mexico.
     
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    Flu or No Flu, I am going and that is final. It's not in Cancun. :p

    Don
     
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    unless they tell me it is in Cancun....I am going!!
     
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    whats the worst thing that can happen? close airports and not let me come back??
    :cdncat:
    been looking for a excuse to sell all my stuff and move there anyway!!!
    :p :p
     
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    I have written extensively about the subject on my blog www.CancunTravelog.com. FYI, the traffic spiked by x10 factor yesterday all related to swine flu. Everyone is looking for info on that.

    BBC interviews reports 200 people may be dead in Mexico City, see my flu death in Mexico City article.

    Read the translated version of a notice here. The notice reports little stockpiling of essential medication.
     
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    If you go, take flu medication (e.g. Tamiflu) with you. You cannot rely on local sources if there is a run on this medication.
     
  10. ffto

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    Regardless of all this, it is in the states as well, so I am going period, I am not going to let some stupid flu stop me from my once a year trip of Fantastic Fun. The one's that die are probably badly sick already. That is the way it is with most of this stuff. Yep, I'm in the medical field and get all the information on this type of stuff.
    I am going and that is all!!!

    Ready to party May 13th and if they lock the Airports after I arrive, hell I might just stay. :lotsofmichaelf: :bigband: :beergone: :michaelf:

    Don




     
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