Columbus, OH – The State Department is warning U.S. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Mexico, and those who live in Mexico to avoid hospitals or clinics there unless they have a medical emergency. The travel alert is effective until July 27. The department says those who fall ill in Mexico should stay home and call their doctors to avoid exposure to swine flu infection in hospitals. The department's advice recaps warnings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Mexican authorities in response to the flu outbreak that has claimed scores of lives in Mexico. The department also warned U.S. consular offices in Mexico will be affected by the flu outbreak.
There is one confirmed case of swine flu in Ohio. It was contracted by a nine year-old boy who was recently in Mexico, where the illness is suspected of killing nearly 150 people. Officials in the city of Elyria have taken the precaution of closing Ely Elementary School, where the boy attends third grade. From member station WKSU in Kent, Karen Schaefer reports.