Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu from Cancun

I've been noticing that the cases of swine flu in Sacramento, New York and Nova Scotia seem to have been contracted from Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is the large tourist destination of the Yucatan Peninsula.
UPDATE: Add the cases in Vancouver and Scotland to those contracted in Cancun.

As the San Jose Mercury News reports:
Dawn and Iain Askham became ill over the weekend, a few days after returning from Cancun.
And from the Vancouver Sun:
Ryan said he flew to Cancun on April 14 with a friend, but began feeling sick before his return flight last Wednesday.

The cases of swine flu in New York are associated with a trip to Cancun, according to the Sun Times:
Some of the Queens students had recently traveled to Cancun.

And from this San Francisco Chronicle article:
A seventh-grader at St. Mel who recently returned from a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico, felt ill last Monday and went home. On Wednesday, a classmate also missed school with flulike symptoms, and by Friday seven students were out, including four who complained of flulike symptoms, said Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.

Note that it is not yet confirmed that this Sacramento case is swine flu

The Nova Scotia cases are also associated with the Yucatan Peninsula although the city of Cancun is not specifically mentioned:
Earlier, Nova Scotia's chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, said the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg confirmed late Saturday that four young people in the province are recovering from "relatively mild" cases of the H1N1 virus.
Strang said the four are between the ages of 12 and 18 and all attend King's-Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S. However, only one of those students had been on a recent school trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, headmaster Joe Seagram later told reporters.

1 comment:

Patty Ayers said...

I think it's important to keep in mind that (1) the Yucatan is a long way from Mexico City, and not well-connected, and that (2) Cancun is full of tourists from all over the world. It's possible that people vacationing in Cancun picked up the virus from any number of sources in that melting-pot other than from native Mexicans. Of course that doesn't mean that Cancun isn't dangerous, but I don't hear anybody saying that people should avoid New York, even though there are many more cases there than in Cancun. Actually, I believe there are NO confirmed cases in Cancun yet, and only one on the entire Yucatan peninsula.