Local Residents React to Virus Scare

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:03am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

Since the scare originated in Mexico, where 149 deadly cases are being reported, you may wonder if its safe to cross our borders.

Local Mexican officials say it's still safe to travel into Matamoros, but people need to be cautious and take all preventive methods to stay healthy. With the numbers of deaths already reported in Mexico, the fear of contracting the deadly influenza rises, but for us in Brownsville/Matamoros region, officials say there is no need to panic just yet.

The Mexican Consulate in Brownsville, Victor Trevino, has been in constant communication with Mexican health officials and is getting the latest updates on the swine flu. We spoke to several people crossing the border about the alarming illness and what they had to say. Modesto Guerrero heard about the swine flu this weekend and he says there's nothing to worry about for now.

Guerrero and Dolores Garcia are going to take all precautionary methods to prevent from falling ill and Guerrero plans to wear a face mask and will keep it on until it's safe to remove it.

At this time, Trevino says it's still safe to go into Matamoros, but avoid handshaking or big crowds while traveling the city. The Mexican Consulate is also handing out brochures at a kiosk and the pamphlets have all the information you need to know about the virus.

If you have more questions about the swine flu you can call the Mexican Health Department at (01088) 123-1010, 565-8111,or 553-3553.

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