CDC issues travel health notice for Mexico due to Covid cases


Source: Mexico News Daily

The United States Centers for Disease Control issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Mexico on Monday, warning citizens of high rates of Covid-19 infections and advising that they reconsider travel to Mexico.

Coronavirus cases have spiked in Mexico, with more than 11,000 new cases recorded on Tuesday as the third wave of the pandemic continues to grow. The federal Health Ministry reported 11,137 new infections – the highest single-day tally since early February, although hospitalizations and deaths are down 75% due to vaccination.


MEXICO’S OPIUM BOOM: ‘The cartels have a pretty good handle on the appetite in the US’

8/29/15 Business Insider

heroin_powderCartels are well aware that America loves its opioids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin use has increased for men and women of all age groups and across all income levels in the US.Between 2007 and 2013, the number of users of the drug in the US nearly doubled.

That surge in use has been accompanied by a boom in opium production in Mexico, where officials estimate cultivation of the crop increased by 50% in 2014.

Heightened American demand for the drug has been spurred on by a crackdown on painkiller abuse, which has pushed users to search for a new high. Impoverished farmers in Mexico, as well as opportunistic drug cartels working in both countries, have capitalized on the rise in demand for the lucrative drug.

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Officials Begin to Ease Up on Precautions

Wall Street Journal, 5/5/2009

Encouraged by signs that a new influenza virus may pose fewer dangers than originally feared, health officials began ratcheting back some initial measures taken to halt its spread.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may scale back its current recommendation to close for up to 14 days any schools attended by, or in areas near, a child who tests positive for the new H1N1 virus as growing evidence suggests most cases of the disease are relatively mild.

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Asking for More Funding, U.S. Steps Up Flu Response

cdc_logoNew York Times, 4/29/2009

State and federal officials intensified their response to the swine flu outbreak on Tuesday, with President Obama asking Congress for $1.5 billion in supplemental funding.

The global response included more restrictions on travel to and from Mexico, identified as the likely origin of the outbreak and the only country to have reported deaths from swine flu. Officials there shut down schools across the country and limited restaurant service in Mexico City in an effort to curb transmission of the virus, which is suspected in the deaths of 159 people.

In Washington, Congressional hearings addressed the seriousness of the outbreak. “I really think we need to be prepared for the worsening of the situation,” Rear Adm. Anne Schuchat, the C.D.C.’s interim science and public health deputy director, told a Senate Appropriations health subcommittee. “It’s more of a marathon than a sprint,” she said, echoing what Dr. Besser had said on Sunday, when the country first declared swine flu a public health emergency.

Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who heads the subcommittee, noted that “there’s a lot of anxiety right now across the country.” Still, that anxiety is not on the same scale as in Mexico, where the number of people believed to have been sickened was about 2,500 on Tuesday.

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