Monday, May 18, 2009

CDC removes travel warning for Mexico

CDC downgraded it's travel warning for Mexico, but still recommends that travelers at high risk for complications be cautious. It's important to remember that the in cases of severe illness caused by H1N1 (so far) have been in people with pre-existing health conditions (we think).

"CDC recommends that travelers at high risk for complications from any form of influenza discuss with their physicians the risks and benefits of travel in the context of their planned itinerary to Mexico, and may want to consider postponing travel. Travelers at high risk for complications include:

*Children less than 5 years old
*Persons aged 65 years or older
*Children and adolescents (less than 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection
*Pregnant women
*Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders
*Adults and children who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV)
*Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities"

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