As the Mexican government, the CDC
and the WHO are no longer issuing updates on the
worldwide swine flu scare of 2009, we will no longer be
updating this page. There never was an outbreak of
swine flu in Puerto Vallarta, but now there is nothing
to worry about at all. There has been no mention
of Swine Flu now since May of 2009. However, we'll
leave this page up here just for your reference if
you're wondering what happened.
THE LATEST SWINE FLU UPDATES
Updated: 5/31/2009 12:00 PM
Number of Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Puerto Vallarta:
Number of People in Jalisco WITHOUT swine flu: 6.75 Million
Percentage of Municipalities in Mexico With No Swine Flu:
Number of Confirmed Cases in all of Mexico: 5029 (out
of 110 Million)
Number of Confirmed Cases in the USA: 8975 (out of 300
Number of Confirmed Cases in Canada: 1118
(out of 33 Million)
Number of People in USA who Died from the flu last
Number of Confirmed Deaths Worldwide from this Swine Flu:
Miles from Puerto Vallarta to the Mexico City Outbreak: 800+
World Health Organization (WHO)
Salud (Mexican CDC)
CURRENT STATUS OF SWINE FLU IN MEXICO
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT SWINE FLU IN PUERTO VALLARTA - May 19, 2009
The Mexico swine flu scare has passed. All the major countries,
WHO and the European Union have issued the all clear for travel to
Mexico by dropping any warning or ban against travel to Mexico.
Cruise lines such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean have already announced
their returns to Mexico, as have major UK tour operators like Thompson
and Thomas Cook, Canadian airlines such as Air Canada, and international
airlines from countries like Ecuador, Argentina, and Switzerland. They
have done so because swine flu is on the decline in Mexico, while
spreading widely throughout the USA (which has many more cases of swine
flu than Mexico) and Canada.
The swine flu has turned out to be no worse than the regular seasonal
flu, and has never been found in many of Mexico's tourist resorts such
as Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Zihuatenejo.
As people realized that they had more chance of catching it in their own
countries than Mexico, and that even if they got it, they were no more
at risk than a regular old run of the mill flu bug, the public outcry
brought the governments to remove their restrictions.
The only difference now between Mexico before the scare and Mexico now
is the lack of tourism. Although it is steadily increasing back to
normal, the economy in Mexico has taken a beating from the character
assassination by the mass media and fearful governments, despite never
actually having any swine flu in most Mexican resort towns, and a 100%
recovery rate among the few tourists that have contracted H1N1, usually
in a day or two like the regular flu. The flu bug is very rare in
Mexico's resort communities, and has been non-lethal. Tourists
have known for a while that there was more risk of being struck by
lightning than dying from swine flu, but now the governments have
obtained the political cover they need to do what the WHO has been
saying all along.
There have only ever been 3 cases of swine flu in Puerto Vallarta since
the beginning of all this. All have recovered fully, just as you
would from any bout with the flu.
The US, Canadian, and UK governments all agree with the WHO that there
is no reason not to travel to Mexico. Come and join us for some
fun in the sun this year in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
FACT VS. FICTION - THE BASICS OF SWINE FLU
Swine Flu is milder and less dangerous than the regular
seasonal flu that everyone has had at one time or another.
13,000 people so far this year in the USA have died of the regular
old seasonal flu. 15 have died from swine flu, all with severe
underlying health problems. In fact, most people that have had
swine flu at all have severe underlying health problems. It is
estimated that approximately 1 Billion people worldwide suffer from
the regular flu every year, and up to 50 million people in the USA
alone. So far 15,000 have had swine flu worldwide. The US
Government has even announced that swine flu is
not worse than the regular flu. You are more likely to die
from a lightning strike than from swine flu.
Despite the international isolation of Mexico during this outbreak,
there are nearly
cases of swine flu in the USA than in Mexico. The
resort communities of Mexico have been almost completely
without cases of swine flu, but have had their economies devastated
by the fear created by the media and governments with their
unwarranted travel warnings (though nearly all have now been
dropped). In Mexico City, with over
55% of all cases in Mexico, .0004% (4 ten-thousandths of one percent) of
the people have had swine flu, and the tally is way less in all other areas of Mexico.
Cruise ships diverted passengers up and down the US and Canada coastlines, where
of cases of swine flu exist while boycotting Mexican port towns like
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Cozumel and Costa Maya where there has yet to
be a single case of swine flu confirmed. It is cited that 85
people in Mexico have died from swine flu in a population of 110 million
people, 60 million of whom live in poverty, as an example of why Mexico
is scary - think about the
real reasons behind this. Then consider that up to 500,000
people worldwide are estimated to die from the regular seasonal flu
every year. 85 people have died from swine flu. The hype
surrounding this is crazy - the facts speak for themselves. To us,
swine flu is not news. It's not even something we would take into
consideration when deciding where to travel, and certainly not something
we'd worry about during our vacation. The WHO has always said that
no rationale for travel restrictions. Too bad in the
media-hype fearmongering, few people are listening..
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I'm scared. Should I cancel my trip?
A: We suggest reading the Myth-Busters below before making any
decision. You should make the best decision for you. Right
now, in our personal opinion (as well as the opinion of the
World Health Organization and the
Pan American Health Organization, as well as the governments of the
the UK and the EU) we see no reason to cancel a trip to
Puerto Vallarta because there is no swine flu here, and it is
no worse than the regular flu in any case, but if you want to
cancel, some of the airlines and hotels are offering you the ability to
reschedule and a few are even letting you cancel. Cancellation
policies have pretty much returned to normal now that travel to Mexico is returning
to normal, so be sure to talk with your
provider to see what they offer in terms of flexibility.
Q: What if I come to Puerto Vallarta and get Swine Flu?
A: The odds of this are miniscule. There have been only
confirmed cases of swine flu in Puerto Vallarta, (all were mild cases
and the people are fine) and only .0001% (one
ten-thousandth of one percent) of people in Mexico have had swine flu. If you were to get it, every
hotel has a doctor on call, but usually it will just go away on its own
like any flu bug. Puerto Vallarta has plenty of supply of Tamiflu. Symptoms are basically the same as the regular
flu that everyone has except fever can be a couple of degrees higher.
This is nothing like the bird flu. Also remember that the USA
now has many more cases of swine flu that Mexico does. Dreams
resorts in Puerto Vallarta is so confident you won't get the flu here
that they are offering you three free vacations if you get it while
Q: If I come to Puerto Vallarta, will restaurants, bars, etc be
A: Yes. All hotels,
restaurants, bars, tours, etc are running like normal. The only difference is that
there are still fewer tourists due to the scare. Mexicans and
tourists alike are going
on about business as normal. No masks, no deserted streets.
Just fun in the sun in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
SWINE FLU MYTH-BUSTERS
MYTH #1 - SWINE FLU IS RAMPANT IN PUERTO VALLARTA
Contrary to what you may have read in Media reports, there has only
a grand total of 3 confirmed cases of swine flu in the resort towns
of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Zihuatenejo combined. Mexico City, where the main outbreak was, is over 800 miles away.
This is about the distance from New York City to Chicago.
MYTH #2 - IF I TRAVEL TO MEXICO, I'LL GET SWINE FLU
The World Health Organization is still advising against any travel
restrictions to Mexico.
See Notice Here. All major governments are also advising
against travel restrictions, including the USA, Canada, and the UK. There is no swine flu
currently in Puerto
Vallarta, and only 3 cases ever confirmed - it is over 800 miles from here to Mexico City. There are now significantly more cases of
swine flu in the USA than Mexico.
MYTH #3 - I WILL BE MUCH SAFER IN THE USA THAN IN MEXICO
There are significantly more cases of swine flu in the USA than in
Mexico. There are currently 8975 confirmed cases of swine flu in
the USA and 5029 confirmed cases in Mexico.
the Report. Of course, the combined population of the two
countries is about 415 million people, so there are 414.997 million
people in the two countries who do not have swine flu vs. only a few
thousand that do, which makes this really a silly point in any case.
MYTH #4 - IF I GET SWINE FLU, I'LL DIE!
So far, out of the nearly 7 billion people in the world, 99 have
been confirmed to have died from swine flu. That is 1 out of every
people. In all the rest of the cases, people have recovered within
a few days, much as you would with the regular flu. 500,000 people
are estimated to die from the regular flu worldwide every year vs. 85
with swine flu. 56,000 people
died of the regular seasonal flu in the USA alone in 2006 (the most
recent year data is available). 15 people have died
due to the swine flu in the USA out of a country of 300 million people,
all with severe underlying health problems. According to the U.S.
swine flu is no worse than the regular flu. 94 people every day die in a car crash in the USA alone. 8
people every month are killed by lightning in the USA. Chicken Pox
kills an estimated 600,000 people every year. 99 for swine flu.
Just think about these numbers for a minute.
MYTH #5 - I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO WEAR A MASK ON VACATION!
The only mask anyone is wearing in Puerto Vallarta is a
snorkeling mask. People are going on about their lives like
normal. Swine flu is not a concern for the residents of Puerto
Vallarta, as it is nonexistent, and less to worry about than
the regular flu.
MYTH #6 - THIS FLU IS FROM PIGS SO I SHOULDN'T EAT ANY PORK.
The A(H1N1) virus that is currently called "Swine Flu" is not passed
on by pork - it is a human virus just like the regular flu. The
WHO has officially changed the misleading name to Influenza A(H1N1).
You cannot get the virus by eating pork products. It is passed
human to human. Some countries are incomprehensibly slaughtering
all their pigs, and banning pork imports despite this. We
have no idea why.
See the WHO statement.
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With a clean bill of health, Mexico goes on sale
On my Mexico beach vacation, swine flu was a no-show
Mexico City ends swine flu alert, no new cases in a week
Canada drops travel warning to Mexico - gives ok for
UK tour operators Thompson, Thomas Cook, etc return
Swine flu panic - is it overkill?
Hawaii swine flu scaring off tourists
USA tops Mexico in swine flu cases
H1N1 flu seems to be waning
Lots of deals in Mexico after travel warning is
As Mexico travel ban is eased, the country's best
resorts are on sale
Swine flu: tourists to return to Mexico
Sweden, Denmark give the all-clear for travel
Swine flu is virtually everywhere in the USA now, CDC says
Canada considering dropping travel warning to Mexico
Mexico very close to containing flu spread - no risk for tourists
Swine flu fears ease, making travel to Mexico inviting
Over 100,000 Americans may have swine flu
As flu panic subsides, it's time to ask questions
Media needs a flu tutorial
Carnival to resume stops at Mexican resorts
Swine flu fears see tourists steer clear of Mexico's
Ecuador lifts restrictions on charter flights to and
Singapore lifts quarantines against Travelers from
Swine flu fears ease, making travel to Mexico
CDC lifts warning on Mexico travel
Mexico travel restrictions lifted after fall in new
swine flu cases
UK FCO gives OK for travel to Mexico, drops travel
Argentina drops ban on Mexico flights
Flu fears fading
Mexico flu slowing, death toll unlikely to reach 100
Carnival chief urges CDC to lift travel advisory
ASUR sees swine flu slump in Cancun as less severe
Switzerland drops travel advisory for Mexico - says
flu is mild
Puerto Vallarta's bars allowed to open early because
of no swine flu cases
Dreams: Flu-Free Guarantee! If you get flu,
we'll give you 3 free vacations!
No swine flu in Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos,
Mazatlan, Cozumel or Zihuatenejo
Mexico tells tourists: don't fear the flu
Is Mexico dangerous? A journalist from New
York's point of view
Swine flu alarm shocks Mexicans
Harvard University to keep trips to Mexico
PAHO: It is safe to travel in Mexico
To hear the media, swine flu was far from routine
Travelers visiting Mexico despite flu
Mexican Health Secretary Cordova praised for flu
Don't let fear keep you at home
Declining Mexico tourism means great travel
Flu, what flu? Great travel deals to Mexico
Flu outbreak in Mexico affected by poor waiting too
long for treatment
Jalisco's governor closes bars & clubs again
More Swine Flu Cases in the USA than in Mexico
Swine flu spreads in U.S., world, winds down in
First cases of swine flu in Jalisco, still none in
Apple Vacations fights back with sale on Mexico
Spirit Airlines announces $8.00 airfares to
Flu overhyped? Some say officials cried
CDC: Most U.S. cases of swine flu have no link to
H1N1 flu under control
Travel continues despite swine flu concerns
Mexican leadership on swine flu saved thousands
WHO praises Mexico's response to swine flu
Mexico plans for return to normalcy
Swine flu outbreak costs Mexico $2.2 Billion
Poverty, tendency to self-medicate help drive up flu deaths in Mexico
Swine flu pales compared to other viruses: Experts
Mexico gets some bustle back after flu shutdown
Health officials begin to ease public alerts about swine flu
Still no swine flu in Puerto Vallarta or Jalisco
Swine flu no worse than regular flu, says Napolitano
Swine flu danger possibly overrated
Phillipines lifts agri-ban on Mexican Pork
Mexico lowers swine flu alert level
Mexico plans to lift swine flu shutdown
Mexico's economy set for more damage as flu wanes
Mexico breathes easier in flu epidemic
Mexico says the worst is over, might be no worse
than regular flu
Swine flu wanes in Mexico, rises other places
Mexico flu epidemic in it's phase of decline
Hysteria over swine flu is the real danger, some say
Mexican officals say flu's ability to spread may be
Scope of swine flu in Mexico might be smaller than
Hope aired as swine flu virus seen as less lethal
CDC: 56,000 people dead from regular flu in 2006
H1N1 (swine flu) risk in Puerto Vallarta: Hype vs.
Swine flu virus starting to look less threatening
Mexico Sees Swine Flu Outbreak Easing
Swine Flu May Have Originated in California
Mexican flu outbreak may be mild
WHO: No rationale for travel restrictions
Mexico encouraged by fall in new flu cases
Swine flu a fairly mild strain, doctors say
Hyping swine flu may not be healthy
Number of new swine flu cases stabilizing in Mexico
Canada's Mexico travel advisory earns criticism
Regular flu has killed thousands since January
All U.S. airlines are still flying into Puerto Vallarta,
though due to the drop in demand the routes are fewer. If your
airline drops your route, just switch airlines. Canadians can still fly down using U.S. airlines like Delta, Northwest,
Alaska, and American Airlines, and Air Canada has announced its return
to Puerto Vallarta.
CRUISE SHIPS: Carnival Cruise
Lines and Royal Caribbean have announced that they are resuming their regularly scheduled
ports of call in all Mexican ports. All cruise ships
previously scheduled to port in Puerto Vallarta have diverted to the USA
and Canada until June. An interesting decision since
there have been only 3
cases of swine flu in all of the Mexican Riviera port towns combined, but
swine flu cases all up and down the west coast of the USA and Canada.
Must have been too many people cancelling their trips in the heart of
the hysteria, so they had to do it for financial reasons, because it
clearly isn't for health reasons. See
USA Cases and
Current British Columbia Cases.
HOTELS: All hotels in Puerto
Vallarta are open for business as usual.
RESTAURANTS & BARS: All restaurants,
night clubs and bars are open for business as usual.
TOURS: All tours are running
as normal. Some are having great sales too - such as LaVista
Canopy offering 2x1 canopy tours
or the pirate ship at 30% off!
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These are the facts as they stand right now regarding Swine Flu.
That said, make sure to monitor sites like the
WHO and their
swine flu map, as well as those from your travel agency and the
we believe the WHO is less prone to politics and therefore more
reliable). Please don't depend on the ratings-based cable news
channels for your information, it is the least reliable source of
verifiable information. You can also find current reports from
locals and current visitors on the TripAdvisor Forums for
Puerto Vallarta. See also our updates on
Flu in Cancun.
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