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Combating Swine Flu: HTH Worldwide Offers Tips to Travelers
Date:4/28/2009

RADNOR, Pa., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of media reports on the outbreak of swine flu, HTH Worldwide, a global health and safety services company, is offering advice to travelers who may already be in Mexico and are concerned about what steps to take.

Over one million American businesspeople, expatriates, students studying abroad and vacationers are already in Mexico. For those travelers, HTH Worldwide offers five basic tips:

  1. Do your homework. Smart travelers should take time to understand the nature of Swine Flu, including its symptoms and transmission (http://www.hthtravelinsurance.com/extras/swineFlu.cfm ).
  2. Know the hospital emergency rooms in your destination. This is a step that people rarely take the time to consider, but understanding the local healthcare landscape in a city such as Mexico City can be important, especially in an emergency. HTH has identified reliable emergency rooms throughout Mexico and in Mexico City neighborhoods typically frequented by U.S. visitors. You don't want to rely on the hotel concierge for a recommendation on a good doctor or hospital.
  3. Understand what medications are needed. Tamiflu(R) or Relenza(R) are the drugs of choice. Tamiflu is not available commercially but has been stockpiled by the government in adequate supplies and is being dispensed via large hospitals. Relenza has been commercially available in Mexico but demand may exceed supply.
  4. Know the language, at least a little bit. In an emergency situation, a language barrier can be tragic. If you don't speak the local language, have a translation tool or resource with you.
  5. Don't panic. The outbreak of Swine Flu has garnered internatio
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