US to Discourage Travel to Mexico

Obama says chill out
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2009 10:24 AM CDT
People wearing face masks stand near Gerardo Leyva's home in the town of Xonacatlan, Mexico, Sunday, April 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)
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(Newser) – The State Department is set to issue a swine flu travel warning, telling Americans to “avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico,” a US official tells Reuters. But at the same time, President Obama urged calm. “This is obviously a cause for concern,” he said. “But it is not a cause for alarm.” He said yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency was simply a “precautionary tool.”

US officials also plan to release some of country’s anti-flu drug stockpiles, and have recommended local authorities prepare to close schools if necessary.