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Some Quad-Citians planning vacations to Mexico remain concerned about reported swine flu cases in that country.
But few, if any, have canceled their travel plans, according to area travel agencies.
Charlotte Dahl, president of Great River Travel, Rock Island, said her clients who have booked Mexican vacations are taking a “wait-and-see approach.”
“We don’t have cancellations yet, but they’re concerned,” she said. “We are trying to assess what is happening.
They aren’t going for a couple of weeks.”
Most of those trips involve resort areas such as Cancun and Riviera Maya, which is outside of Cancun.
Dahl compared the concern to the bird flu scare of a few years ago.
Barbi Ragan, corporate operations manager for The Travel Business Inc., Moline, also was reminded of the bird flu.
“It was really a lot of hype and not much came of it,” she said. “I am hoping this will come out the same.”
Still, news of the swine flu outbreak is causing customers to call the Moline travel agency with questions and concerns.
“It is affecting some plans to Mexico,” Ragan said. “Some are considering canceling; some people are perfectly fine and ready to fly out right away.”
BreakingNewsRadio reports say Rio Grande, Texas, is closing all the schools amid swine flu concerns.
4 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
VeratectMichigan: Culture from “Probable” Swine Influenza Case in Ottawa County Sent to CDC. #swineflu
5 minutes ago from web
Veratect Canada: Total of 20 Suspected Cases of Swine Influenza Reported in Ontario. #swineflu
Veratect Scotland: 14 Suspected Cases of Swine Influenza Identified Across Six Health Board Jurisdictions. #swineflu
The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health also objected to the name, saying the virus contains avian and human components and no pig so far has been found ill with the disease.
Originally posted by elitegamer23
reply to post by ImzadiDax
Originally posted by ImzadiDax
20 suspected cases here in Wi. .....
this is getting too close to home
does anyone think we will reach a point where we stop reporting suspected cases and move on to reporte deaths in the usa?
Originally posted by Whatthehell?
Let's all listen to this guy. His brain is large regarding this subject.
Very informative video.
Originally posted by sad_eyed_lady
Looks like it may get a name change if the U.S. government has their way. It's killing the pork industry.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
U.S. officials want 'swine' out of flu name
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - What's in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.
At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the "H1N1 virus."
"This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.
I noticed during the DHS briefing not once was the virus referred to as the "Swine Flu".