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28/04/2009 – World Health Organization Issues No Travel Restrictions For Swine Flu
As the World Health Organization, an international agency overseen by the United Nations, is monitoring the swine flu globally and they do not believe there is any cause for shutting down travel or restricting travel due to the swine flu.
While SARS caused travel restrictions in 2003, and the US, Canada and Mexico are currently tightening the boards due to the swine flu, the pandemic is not at a level that would indicate the need to change the global routes of airline travel. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working closely with the World Health Organization and should travel restrictions be recommended the IATA will work with airlines to ensure travel is safe, healthy and that they do not knowingly spread the virus through global travel.
Take precautions in areas known to have swine flu. Look around China you’ll see people walking with paper masks throughout the streets and on flights, masks became common place in various places in Asia following the 2003 SARS pandemic. If a mask makes you more comfortable go pick a few up, but before you change your travel plans do some research and find out the minimal risk of exposure for your travel.
With or without a mask, if you can avoid travel to Mexico at this time you may want to adjust your travel plans.