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Spike in Cases of AH1N1 Virus Not Yet Affecting Tourism

LADB Article ID: 78521
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2012-03-07
By: Carlos Navarro

In mid-February, just as Mexico was celebrating robust tourism numbers in 2011, reports started filtering out about a spike in the number of cases of infections of the AH1N1 virus, earlier known as the swine flu. The situation put the Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR) and the Secretaría de Salud on alert, although the problem is not severe enough for authorities to hit the panic button. There is some concern that the increase in cases of AH1N1 could discourage US citizens from visiting Mexico. But there are also other factors, such as drug-related violence and an economic slowdown in the US, which contributed to a decline in US visitors to Mexico in 2011.

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