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    Travel Advice in the Wake of Swine Flu

    As a travel blog we feel we should update our readers on the basic travel advice relevant to the recent outbreak of swine flu. You'll find much of our advice is delivered via links to credible information sources. This is because the story is constantly updating meaning advice on where to find what you need to know should be much more useful than just a round-up of the current status. Firstly, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has now advised against all non-essential travel to Mexico, read the full Mexico travel advice page here. Routine Consular and all Visa services at the British Embassy in Mexico City are suspended until further notice. In light of this many holidays to Mexico have been or will be cancelled. If you have something booked then do contact your travel agent or flight provider urgently. Secondly, if you are planning travel anywhere else then you may want to check out this useful site: Healthmap. It tracks the outbreak visually showing markers in each country colour coded to show the seriousness of swine flu in each location. It is developed using third-party publicly accessible information but is as reliable as other news forms and a useful overview tool - especially if you are planning a trip. Healthmap is also on Twitter, sign up here for regular updates. Thirdly, for medical updates and advice try the World Health Organisation's (WHO) website where you will find both travel advice and frequently asked questions. Whilst the WHO does not currently advice against travel in general they do suggest the following: • Delay international travel if you are unwell• Seek medical advice if you are unwell following international travel• Practise cough etiquette - maintain your distance and cover nose and mouth during coughs and sneezes• Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly especially after contact with ill peopleFourthly, the NHS direct is a vital resource within the UK. Unsurprisingly they have recently experienced a vast increase in the number of calls which is good news really as more people asking for advice by phone reduces the risk of infection at doctor's surgeries. Visit the NHS Direct online here, you'll find plenty of up to date information on swine flu, or use the freephone number: 0845 4647.Last but not least, let's not panic. The news is we can still travel, not all cases of the disease are fatal by a long shot, and the UK has been preparing for pandemic for years so we are not in a state of disarray.

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