Health & Beauty | April 2009
|Dr. Alejandro Rios Talks About the Swine Flu|
Part 1: Swine Flu Overview | Part 2: How it is Transmitted | Part 3: Tamiflu and Relenza | Part 4: Do I Need a Face Mask? | Part 5: Should I See a Doctor? | Part 6: Influenza Vaccinations
On April 29, 2009, BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas sat down with Dr. Alejandro Rios, a local Internal Medicine Doctor and member of the Puerto Vallarta Epidemiology Committee, to talk about the Swine Flu in Mexico and how it is effecting Puerto Vallarta. Here's what he had to say:
"As part of the epidemiology committee here in Puerto Vallarta, we held a meeting about two day ago, and as of right now there have been no reported or confirmed cases of the swine virus in Puerto Vallarta - or in the state of Jalisco. Mexico City has only confirmed 26 cases of swine flu so far, as of yesterday.
There was a national awareness movement, where the President, the Secretary of State and everyone else made these measures in order to try to encircle the virus extension. The disease is spreading so fast that the only way to do that is through dramatic and extreme measures sometimes. But as of right now, even though we have all these extreme measures, the virus is still spreading at a rapid pace.
Let me give you an example, yesterday morning there were about 1600-1800 flu cases. Today there are more than 2500 flu cases in Mexico, but only 46 cases, 26 yesterday and 46 today, have now been confirmed as swine flu cases. So we don’t know what’s going on because it’s a new virus. The government is taking extreme precautions with it.
If you go to downtown Puerto Vallarta, there’s nobody there, the streets are empty, everybody is staying home and I am happy that they’re actually doing it as opposed to things that are happening in other places, where people are taking advantage of this "mini-vacation," but that is not the right thing to do. Stay home, be calm and just wait for the government to give us the right news."
Should you be afraid to travel to Puerto Vallarta? Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson has the latest news and health reports from around Banderas Bay. (Click HERE for local swine flu updates)