Swiss advise against travel to Mexico

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Swiss health authorities on Tuesday urge citizens to postpone non-essential trips to Mexico.

GENEVA - Swiss health authorities on Tuesday advised against all non-essential travel to Mexico and in particular Mexico City, as European fears over the swine flu outbreak intensified.

Switzerland's federal office for public health warned that travelling to the source of the H1N1 viral strain carried a "health risk, the severity of which cannot (yet) be reliably established."

It urged citizens to "postpone all trips which are not absolutely essential," adding that 19 of Mexico's 31 states were affected.

The statement refrained from issuing travel guidance to other countries and regions where cases of the disease have been diagnosed.

Travellers recently back from Mexico were again asked to contact their doctors if they had flu-like symptoms.

Five people were being tested for the virus, Swiss news agency ATS reported Monday.

AFP / Expatica

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