Avoid Mexico, says Dutch foreign ministry

Travellers should avoid going to Mexico for all but essential business, the Dutch foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday in response to the swine flu outbreak which is thought to have killed at least 150 people there.

‘I would recommend everyone keeps an eye on our travel advice and follows information from the national health institute RIVM and World Health Organisation, foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said in a statement.
Four people have so far been tested for swine flu in the Netherlands, including a pilot, the AD reports on Tuesday. None were found to be infected.
All four had recently returned from Mexico and showed flu symptoms.
Flu symptoms
On Monday the first cases of swine flu were confirmed in Europe – one in Spain and two in Scotland. The European cases are milder than the virulent form of swine flu sweeping Mexico.
Dutch holidaymakers heading for Mexico are being warned to report to their doctor if they develop any flu-like symptoms within a week of their return.
‘It is not necessary to check everyone individually, but that policy does need continually evaluating,’ virologist Ab Osterhaus told the paper.
The Netherlands has a stockpile of five million doses of Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug, stored at secret locations, the AD says.
The World Health Organisation has raised its alert level over the outbreak from three to four, saying it can no longer be contained, the BBC reports on Tuesday.
European health ministers are due to meet to discuss the situation on Tuesday.

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