Virus Concerns in Mexico….

_45700217_mask_ap226b1We arrived in Mexico to talk about the growing violence in the country but we’ve found ourselves in the midst of a deadly flu outbreak. The news here is dominated by the story and being out on the streets it seems people are quite concerned, some are taking to wearing masks.

The authorities have closed down schools & public buildings in a bid to control things, in fact the venue we have booked for Monday will also be closed to the public. We’ve had to contact the BBC safety team to get advice. In fact one member of our team has pulled out over concerns.

I’m sure the audience will have plenty to say about the outbreak, the papers are saying the mood of the city has changed, calling Mexico city empty and sad. I’d be interested in hearing their thoughts on this. Last night our restaurant was very busy and it seemed like people were still out and about.

6 Responses to “Virus Concerns in Mexico….”

  1. 1 Gillian
    April 25, 2009 at 15:50

    Mexico is dealing with this outbreak of the flu in a profoundly aggressive and responsible manner that makes me feel safe even though I live near “ground zero”(I live in Guadalajara). While it is nice to see them taking every possible precaution, I do wonder if the media isn’t blowing this out of proportion (now would they do that?)?

    I am especially curious to know how the authorities world wide are going to differentiate between this flu and the nasty cold that has been going around that fits exactly the same description as this flu. I work via Internet between Mexico, the USA and Canada and I have friends and colleagues in all places that have suffered this same cold…. right down to the persistent cough and secondary respiratory infections including pneumonia. If this is the same bug thats causing all the concern, then it may have already spread across three countries. On the other hand…maybe its just a cold. So, take a deep breath, calm down and lets all wait to panic until we have something real to panic about!

  2. 2 Roberto
    April 25, 2009 at 16:43

    RE “” We arrived in Mexico to talk about the growing violence in the country but we’ve found ourselves in the midst of a deadly flu outbreak. “”

    ——— This is what happens in a tinhorn 3rd world country run by drug smugglers and criminally corrupted politicians.

    Mexico City should be one of the world’s greatest crowning jewels of geography and civilization instead of the choking, polluted, crime and disease ridden place it has become.

    Sadly, the long term US trend has been moving towards this unsubstainable model of “civilization.” The US economic model has literally had the wheels driven off it by 16 yrs of previous administration’s policies and corporate fraud.

    Now Mexican truckers are poised enmasse on the US border waiting for the green light of free access to every point in North America, spreading all manner of noxious fumes, swine flu, and other miseries.

    Gee, thanks NAFTA and G-8. Brilliant work.

  3. 3 Paul Harbin - Waco Texas
    April 26, 2009 at 06:43

    No comments?

  4. April 26, 2009 at 10:03

    Here in New Zealand influenza A has been confirmed. Swine Flu is a subset of Flu-A and they say Swine Flu is very likely.


  5. 5 Michaël Cloots
    April 26, 2009 at 11:59

    News of a recent swine flu outbreak in Mexico has already reached nearly every country throughout the globe. But is there really reason to panic, or are the drastic measures simply taken out of precaution?

    The swine flu virus is, unfortunately, a deadly one. So far 80 people have lost their lives, yet only 20 of whom are certain to have died as a direct result of the virus. Seeing as how the virus is contagious and Mexico has a very social and outgoing culture, this could, in time, result in an even global epidemic. A so called pandemic.

    However, taken into account the strict and rather drastic measures and strategies devised to contain the virus, one could feel more at ease. Moreover, travel agents and specialised agencies refrain from giving a negative travel council concerning Mexico, stating the area is safe. That is, if one remains careful and, for example, washes his hands several times a day.

    It would seem that Mexico is still a relatively safe place to travel to, even though some caution and common sense in regard to this situation is strongly advised.

  6. 6 Dennis Junior
    April 27, 2009 at 02:57

    Re: 1 of the members pulling out of the Mexico City story….I would not blame this staffer for there decision, since it is technically a health and security story….They were concerned over the health!

    -Dennis Junior

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