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Pueblo Bonito and Surrounding Areas Remain Uncontaminated

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur Free of A (H1N1) Virus Los Cabos, Mexico (May 5, 2009) - In the midst of the continually evolving circumstances regarding the influenza A (H1N1) virus, the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau and the state of Baja California Sur are pleased to announce that the region has remained free of contamination. Although the A (H1N1) virus has been confirmed in many different parts of the world, Mexico as a whole is reporting a reduction in the number of reports of the virus and federal officials have lowered the nation's health alert level on May 4th. In a clarifying and unifying statement released on May 1st by the World Health Organization, the main focus is currently on "minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases and providing patients with appropriate medical care." WHO also acknowledges that "limiting travel or imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community." Furthermore, respected news outlets such as the Associated Press and Fox News have reported that the A (H1N1) virus is believed to be no more potent than the seasonal flu. On May 2nd, the Associated Press reported that the A (H1N1) virus does not show genetic makeup lacks traits seen in previous strands of flu that have proven lethal and quoted leading flu researcher Peter Palense of Mount Sinai Medical School in New York "So far in the United States, the virus appears to look and behave like the garden-variety flu that strikes every winter. There is no real reason to believe this is a more serious strain." Experts are also reporting a possible overreaction to the health risks associated with the A (H1N1) virus. Fox News medical contributor and associate professor, NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Marc Siegel states, "In the current swine flu scare the virus is assumed to be a more powerful human killer than it actually is. In reality it appears to losing virulence as it spreads human to human and is not that transmissible, and is NOT becoming widespread." Additionally, in an official and reassuring statement on April 30, Governor of Baja California Sur Narciso Agúndez says, "Our state government will spare no effort or expense to deal with any contingency that might endanger the health of our residents and visitors." Governor Agúndez went on to explain that further precautionary efforts were being made to enable the rapid detection and treatment of A (H1N1), if necessary. These preventative measures coupled with Los Cabos' isolated location at the end of the 1000-mile long Baja Peninsula and separated from mainland Mexico by the Sea of Cortes have helped the region remain free of the A (H1N1) virus. Moreover, the State Secretary of Health, Francisco Cardoza Macías, emphasized that public establishments including hotels, restaurants, tourism attractions as well as public transportation services remain fully operational at this time, as there is no evidence of A (H1N1) in Baja California Sur. The Mexican Government has been closely monitoring the development of the virus and is encouraging travelers to follow the preventive measures recommended by the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Mexican health authorities. Mexican health authorities are working hand in hand with the WHO to ensure that the virus is detected early, transmission is prevented and in case of contamination, that those people are treated in a quick and effective way. Furthermore, President Felipe Calderon reassured the nation that Mexico would recover from this health crisis and specifically promised that the government has a million doses of the antiviral medicine in stock.

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