April 28, 2009 / 9:59 AM / in 9 years

Canada issues travel alert for Mexico due to flu

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian officials advised citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Mexico because of the deadly swine flu outbreak there.

<p>An airport worker wears a surgical mask as he moves the baggage of a tourist at the international airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City April 27, 2009. A new virus has killed up to 149 people in Mexico and the World Health Organization moved closer on Monday to declaring it the first flu pandemic in 40 years as more people were infected in the United States and Europe. The WHO raised its pandemic alert level for the swine flu virus to phase 4, indicating a significantly increased risk of a pandemic, a global outbreak of a serious disease. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

The warning from the Public Health Agency of Canada came on Monday after the U.S. State Department urged Americans to avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico over the next three months because of the outbreak.

Canada has six confirmed cases of swine flu, all of them mild. At least 149 people have died in Mexico and more than 1,600 have been infected.

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