The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated their travel advice for Mexico, advising against all but essential travel to this country. The announcement follows news that two British tourist have been confirmed as having swine flu.

Their website provides this summary of the update:

“Visitors to Mexico should be aware of an outbreak of influenza. The Federal Health Ministry issued a nationwide alert on 22 April after learning that a number of people had died from what appears to be a new form of influenza.

Cases have been reported in Mexico City, together with the states of Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Mexicali and Baja California. Travellers should consult a doctor immediately if they show signs of flu-like symptoms.

The Mexican Secretariat of Health has advised people to avoid large crowds, shaking hands, kissing people as a greeting, or using the subway. Maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other persons and frequent hand washing may decrease the risk of exposure.”

If you are planning a trip to Mexico then I’d recommend visiting the FCO website for more information and advice.

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