May 19

While attending a meeting of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Health Secretary José Ángel Córdova said that five of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, Los Cabos and Cozumel) had no reported cases of influenza A/H1N1 and could be visited with confidence. He also said that even should an individual become infected, the disease is 100% curable if it is attended to on time.

He said that Cancun is risk-free since the last of the seven cases was recorded on April 28 so there is practically zero risk of infection according to a transmissibility analysis done on more than 20,000 tourists who were there during the last days of April and the first days of May, and on 7,000 residents. He said that extensive monitoring continues.

The Health Secretary emphasized that there is a sufficient supply of medicine to treat the illness which is completely curable if medical assistance is sought at the first symptoms of the virus and the risk of infecting another person falls 40% starting on the first day of treatment. In addition, if an individual has the virus but does not develop the illness, he/she is not contagious.

The official said that currently patients with flu symptoms do not become seriously ill as happened before the epidemiological alert since they receive immediate medical attention.

Lastly, the Health Secretary thanked the business sector for its work, responsibility and solidarity in terms of taking the recommended measures which demonstrates their cooperation in moments of great challenge.
On behalf of the business community, CCE President Armando Paredes Arroyo acknowledged the federal government for its work in containing the human influenza epidemic and in normalizing education, jobs and economic activity.

During the meeting, CCE members mentioned the need for ad campaigns for Mexican tourism which has been affected by the influenza epidemic.