Is it safe to travel?
The World Healt Organization is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus. Global touristic and bussines travel moves millions of people a year around the world. WHO states: "Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community."
Influenza A(H1N1) infection has been confirmed in many parts of the world. But the global approach for fighting the flu now focuses on the rapid identification of cases, and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally.
Although identifying symptoms of influenza in travellers can help track the outbreak pattern, it will not reduce the global spread of influenza, as the virus can be transmitted from person to person before the onset of symptoms.
"Scientific research based on mathematical modelling shows that restricting travel would be of limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of disease. Historical records of previous influenza pandemics, as well as experience with SARS, validate this." - WHO
Some countries adopt measures that significantly interfere with international traffic like delaying an airplane passenger for more than 24 hours, or refusing country entry or departure to a traveller. Travellers should always be treated with dignity and respect for their human rights.
People who are ill should delay travel plans. Returning travellers who become ill should contact their health care provider.How can I protect myself from influenza A(H1N1) when I am travelling?