Dutch foreign ministry warns against travel to Mexico

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Non-essential trips should be postponed, advises Dutch Foreign Ministry after World Health Organisation warns swine flu could develop into a pandemic.

THE HAGUE – A travel advisory issued by Dutch Foreign Ministry advises against unnecessary travel to Mexico.

The decision follows statements made by the World Health Organisation which warned Monday that swine flu could develop into a pandemic.

However, would-be travellers who decide to cancel their trips will not be reimbursed.

The Disaster Fund for the travel sector does not pay out on claims made due to health risks like SARS, bird flu or swine flu.

Travellers to and from Mexico are being handed an information folder at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The folder gives an overview of the symptoms of swine flu and advises travellers who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to get themselves checked by doctors.

"Some suspected cases" have been reported, Marlies Hilhorst spokeswoman for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), told AFP. She could not say when the results would be known.

Elsewhere in Europe, Spain and Britain have two confirmed cases each, while three suspect cases are being investigated in Germany.

There have been no known cases of swine flu in the Netherlands.

Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica

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