European Union Warns Against Travelling to US or Mexico
The European Union's health chief is warning travellers away from the United States or Mexico due to the swine flu. EU health commissioner Andorra Vassiliou met with foreign ministers as Spain reported the first confirmed case of the flu in Europe.
One male patient in southern Spain tested positive for the virus and 17 others are under investigation. The 23-year-old man arrived from Mexico on Wednesday with a fever and was quarantined on Saturday.
EU Health Commissioner Andorra Vassiliou met with the EU foreign ministers on the subject as Spain reported the first confirmed case of swine flu in Europe. That was also the first swine flu case outside North America.
On arriving in Luxembourg, Vassiliou advised Europeans to reassess their travel plans.
A top European Union official has warned against travel to areas hit by a outbreak of swine flu, amid growing concern over the spread of the virus.
Experts suspect it has killed more than 100 people in Mexico. Cases have also been found in Canada, the US and on Monday in Spain.
Besides Mexico and Spain, there have also been confirmed cases in the US and Canada. Suspected cases are being investigated in the UK, Brazil, Israel and New Zealand.