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Destination Weddings in Mexico? Not this year...
Destination Weddings in Mexico? Not this year... April 27, 2009

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an April 27 notice recommending that American citizens avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico at this time. CDC&rsquos notice also suggests precautions that travelers and U.S. citizen residents in Mexico can take to reduce their risk of infection while in Mexico. CDC provides recommendations for those who must travel to an area that has reported cases of swine flu, and recommends measures to take following return from an area that has reported cases of swine flu.

The complete CDC notice can be found at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent experts to Mexico to work with health authorities.
On April 25, the Government of Mexico announced that as a precautionary measure, all schools from kindergarten through university level will remain closed until May 6 in the Federal District, State of Mexico, and San Luis Potosi. All government-sponsored events involving large crowds have also been canceled, and museums and most tourist attractions are closed.
Consular operations at all consular posts in Mexico will be affected by this flu outbreak. Please refer to Embassy Mexico&rsquos web page and that of individual posts for the latest information on closings and service reductions.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Mexico that most cases of influenza are not &ldquoswine flu.&rdquo Any specific questions or concerns about flu or other illnesses should be directed to a medical professional. Mexico City medical authorities urge people to avoid hospitals and clinics unless they have a medical emergency, since hospitals are centers of infection instead, those with health concerns are encouraged to stay home and call their physicians to avoid potential exposure. Although the U.S. Embassy cannot give medical advice or provide medical services to the public, a list of hospitals and doctors can be found on our website at the following links: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/sacs_medical_info.html (Spanish) http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_medical_info.html (English)

For additional information, please consult the State Department&rsquos website at www.travel.state.gov, the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, or the website of the World Health Organization at www.who.int. The U.S.-based call center for U.S. citizens can be reached from 8:00 am &ndash 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at (202)-501-4444.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We will keep an eye on this flu and see how it develops. I guess that if your wedding was planned for Mexico, you may want to reconsider this. Most airlines will refund your tickets and/or give you the ability to change destination. Mexico is a great place with magnificent resorts and it will come back but for now caution is the name of the game.

No need to panic, though, we have vaccines and most cases outside of Mexico are mild. Also most cases reported are of influenza and NOT swine flu.

JB @ PARADISE