Valley Travelers Cautious Due to Swine Flu

Fresno, CA The consulate is following what the C.D.C. said and that is to avoid non-essential travel into Mexico.

One pregnant mother Action News spoke to said she is listening to the warnings and staying put. Diana Rios and her husband Juan live in Fresno and have family in Mexico City. They want to visit but not when a swine flu scare is spreading through the area. "Especially since I'm pregnant, no! Probably I'm gonna wait to see what happens. Hope it gets better, hope it gets better," said Rios.

Even outside the local consulate Rios saw the caution others are taking by wearing masks.

Early Monday morning at Fresno Yosemite International airport the scene was similar. Several families returning from Mexico were advised by health officials to wear protection. "Our government is keeping us very much informed, very well informed," said Acting Consul Selene Barceló.

Barceló said the Fresno County Department of Health has advised the consulate to limit the number of people inside and wear masks. Health services are always offered but Monday they were in plain sight for everyone who entered.

Barceló said when it comes to travel it is best for Valley residents to listen to what the C.D.C. advises. "The collaboration is at the highest level and the World Health Organization is also watching and monitoring every step of the way so in those terms we have to do the same thing locally," said Barceló.

And locals are paying close attention. Travel agent Laura Martinez said the phones were ringing all Monday. So far half a dozen fearful clients have backed out of their travel plans to Mexico. "Everyone going to Mexico now is gonna ask if it's safe," said Martinez.

Airport officials in Mexico are stopping travelers from flying if they exhibit at least 3 of the major flu symptoms.

Visitors from Mexico are encouraged to contact the consulate if they have questions regarding their health and travel back home.

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