Spain says Russia to lift travel warning over flu

19th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Russia has agreed to lift a travel recommendation to it's citizens to avoid trips to Spain due to Swine flu fears.

Geneva – Russia has agreed to lift a travel recommendation to its citizens to avoid trips to Spain due to swine flu fears after the move angered Madrid, Spain's health minister said Monday.

Trinidad Jimenez said after meeting with Russian deputy health minister Veronika Skvorcova in Geneva that the Russians were "very satisfied" with Spain's assurances over A(H1N1) influenza.

"They will say that there is no risk with our country, which is safe, and that there is no reason to continue to recommend against travelling to Spain," said Jimenez, who is attending the World Health Organization's annual assembly.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel-Angel Moratinos earlier blasted the Russian travel advice as "totally unacceptable" and that Madrid "rejects it absolutely."

Speaking from Brussels, Moratinos said he hoped the problem would be resolved swiftly, perhaps during the meeting between Russian and Spanish health officials on the sidelines of the WHO assembly.

Russia on Saturday warned its residents to avoid Spain due to the swine flu outbreak, after issuing similar advice for the United States, Canada and Mexico where the epidemic has caused fatalities.

Mexico is the epicentre of the outbreak which now affects 40 countries, with more than 8,800 confirmed cases worldwide, according to the WHO.

Spain has 103 confirmed cases of swine flu, the highest number in Europe, according to the latest WHO data on Monday.

AFP / Expatica

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