As the first country in the world to experience an outbreak of the now widespread A(H1N1) influenza virus, Mexico has been really hard hit in terms of tourism demand over the past three months.
The prospect of a summer of travel chaos has been raised a notch after several airlines, led by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have started refusing to check-in holidaymakers suspected of suffering from swine-flu like symptoms, unless they can provide a “fit to fly” note from their doctor.
At least 75 people have been infected in a suspected Norovirus outbreak on a German-based cruise operator berthed in Scotland. GPs are treating those on board the ship, Marco Polo, which is berthed in Invergordon, Easter Ross, and is carrying 769 passengers and 340 crew.
Five of the world’s largest cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, have cancelled stops at ports in Mexico as the country’s death toll from swine flu passes 150.Other cruise lines are continuing to stop in Mexico but are assuring passengers that ships are clean and risk is low because most reported illnesses are inland. No cases of swine flu have been reported on any cruise ships that have docked in Mexico.