Swine Flu Concerns in Central and South America
Based on reports from the World Health Organization as of May 8, 2009, there are few confirmed cases of swine flu in Central and South America in two countries that Adventure Life visits. Presently, there is one confirmed case in Costa Rica as well as Guatemala.
Safety and security of our travelers is of the highest priority, and Adventure Life will continue to monitor the global swine flu situation. We work with a great network of local affiliates in all of the countries we travel to and will maintain open communication about the local situations and perspectives. We encourage any booked or prospective travelers with concerns to contact our office.
Adventure Life always encourages our travelers to obtain travel insurance with international medical, trip cancellation, and trip interruption coverage. Travel Guard International's Platinum and Gold policies do have an optional Cancel for Any Reason coverage available. Please contact us for details and withany questions about travel insurance offerings and how this relates to the current concerns for the swine flu epidemic.
Below is information from the Galapagos National Park Service in Ecuador to prevent the swine flu from entering the Galapagos to harm both fauna and humans:
The National Park Service together with other relevant institutions in the Galapagos Islands have announced the following preventive measures at all main entry points to the Galapagos Islands in order to protect the fragile ecosystem from a possible infection with Swine flu.
- All employees at the airports and ports must use disposable gloves and masks
- Foot disinfection at the arrival gate of the airports in Baltra and San Cristobal and at the docks while embarking and disembarking
- All arrival halls will be fumigated with a wide spectrum disinfectant prior to the arrival of each aircraft
- Any waste material must remain on board the aircraft and cannot be unloaded in the islands
- All passengers arriving to the islands must disinfect their hands with alcohol prior to leaving the arrival halls
At this moment Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands have not reported any infected persons.