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Will Swine FLU affect future travel?

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1. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I was going to put in my notice at work this week, but with the recent Swine Flu alerts popping up, are Countries going to stop allowing tourists in because of this?

I dont want to put in my notice, then be SOL when travel is strongly advised against!?

Any info at all?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I guess it all depends on your chosen destinations. Presently, because Mexico is "ground zero" (so to speak) for this recent influenza outbreak, travelers are being cautioned about traveling to the country. Until more information is available (and I'm not one to jump on any OMG bandwagon) I would still consider Mexico a "backburner" destination at this time. It is also the only country (so far) that has seen fatalities from this strain. From what I have read and researched so far, those in other countries, who have been diagnosed with this strain of influenza, have or are recovering completely.

Travel is not "strongly advised against" in general. Only travel to Mexico is "strongly advised against". If that was your chosen destination then I recommend holding off giving notice or alter your travel plans. Yes, this is serious stuff but I truly believe that more information is needed to accurately assess the situation. It has only been a few days.

3. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Thanks Isadora... I'm gonna be going to NZ and then Oz after that, NZ has 6 cases so far, but no deaths.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

I guess no one can really predict what will happen. It would have to get very serious indeed to justify stopping worldwide travel, considering the cost to the already weak global economy.

Came across this interesting article on CNN today, which might make you feel better. Apparently there are between 250,000-500,000 flu related deaths each year - that's the regular flu. Swine flu has a long way to go yet to catch up!

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

I guess no one can really predict what will happen. It would have to get very serious indeed to justify stopping worldwide travel, considering the cost to the already weak global economy.

Came across this interesting article on CNN today, which might make you feel better. Apparently there are between 250,000-500,000 flu related deaths each year - that's the regular flu. Swine flu has a long way to go yet to catch up!

That's interesting. While I agree that we should be made aware of what's happening and of any preventative action we need to take to minimise the spread, I do think the media are guilty of causing unnecessary panic. Health officials are, at this stage, still advising people that there is no need to panic and that a pandemic is not inevitable.

As for border closures and countries not allowing people in, from what I can gather this isn't a measure that is going to be put in place, because the virus has already spread to multiple countries.

6. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting WebGuy

I was going to put in my notice at work this week, but with the recent Swine Flu alerts popping up, are Countries going to stop allowing tourists in because of this?

That's highly unlikely.

But in your own interests you might want to consider taking your temperature before flying. Most airports have installed thermal scanners to check passengers body temperature So if the equipment detects a body temperature of more than 37C, immigration may decide to quarantine you and possibly prevent you from entering the country.

I wouldn't worry about it too much though. The HIN5 bird flu virus, although deadly, only resulted in 800 deaths worldwide and although swine flu is a new virus, the only deaths so far have been confined to Mexico, which is also a bit peculiar.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Blinq

...the only deaths so far have been confined to Mexico, which is also a bit peculiar.

It is a bit peculiar and Mexico is taking a lot of flack for not reporting the outbreak sooner to WHO and the CDC. Some health officials feel Mexico deliberately waited on the reporting because they didn't expect fatalities. When there were, they needed to make the contacts. Other officials disagree and postulate that those who were becoming ill did not seek medical attention thus the Mexican health officials had nothing substantial to report (until people died). Regardless of the reason, it's now been reported making the arguments a bit moot at this point. Also, the US has had it's first fatality - a 23 month old girl in Texas.

The other peculiarity - this strain is being diagnosed in the teen and young adult populations. Most strains are seen in infants and the elderly before the rest of the population. Again, there are still many questions unanswered and speculation breeds panic. I also agree with Bex concerning the media as they sensationalize everything these days which only (and unnecessarily) adds to people's fears.

8. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Blinq

...the only deaths so far have been confined to Mexico, which is also a bit peculiar.

It is a bit peculiar and Mexico is taking a lot of flack for not reporting the outbreak sooner to WHO and the CDC. Some health officials feel Mexico deliberately waited on the reporting because they didn't expect fatalities. When there were, they needed to make the contacts. Other officials disagree and postulate that those who were becoming ill did not seek medical attention thus the Mexican health officials had nothing substantial to report (until people died). Regardless of the reason, it's now been reported making the arguments a bit moot at this point. Also, the US has had it's first fatality - a 23 month old girl in Texas.

Well, that's even weirder. After all, 23 month old children don't normally go on holiday to Mexico on their own.

I read the news report on the BBC News site, but it doesn't mention whether her parents were infected or not.

9. Posted by MikeGavino (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I've already read that there's a first casualty in the US. And its a kid that hails in Texas. This is getting scary!

10. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

I just heard on the news this evening that the 23 month old child who died from swine flu in the US was Mexican. Apparently the child had been brought to the US for treatment, but had been transferred from Houston to the hospital where she died after her condition deteriorated.

So we now appear to have a virus which is selective in who it kills because although there have been many infections worldwide, only Mexicans have died from it so far.