Can Travel Advisories Halt a Virus?

28 April 2009 5:40 pm

That’s one question on everyone’s lips these days, with governments issuing conflicting warnings about avoiding countries hit by swine flu. But as jittery travelers reconsider planned Mexican vacations, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) are not suggesting travel be restricted, and they don’t believe that doing so will make a difference in the virus’s path.

Computer modelers have studied this issue, too, and they tend to come down on WHO’s side of things, even though not everyone agrees with them. An earlier Science analysis of the issue by reporter Martin Enserink can be found here.

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