According to the Minister for health in Mexico, swine flu has killed over 86 people and 1,400 have swine related illnesses as from April 13. Further, on Sunday, health officials in US declared a public health emergency in Ohio, New York, Kansas, California, and Texas, all of which were linked to latest travels to Mexico.

In light to this, airlines are waiving charges for passengers who are changing, but not canceling their flights to Mexico. Texas-based Fort Worth American Airlines announced on Sunday that it will cancel the normal penalty fee of changing flight for all people traveling to, fro or through Mexico. This, according to the airline is applicable to all tickets bought on or before Saturday all through to 6th May.

Grupo Mexicana also posted a statement on its website waiving extra charges for passengers traveling on the same route between April 24-30. Continental Airlines Inc, based in Houston also followed suit, waiving change fees for flights scheduled for April 26-28. United Airlines based in Chicago, Tempe US Airways Inc based in Arizona and Air Canada have also waived change fees for Mexican based flights on specified dates.

US Health officials announced they will begin requesting travelers to reveal information about related illnesses if they are getting into the country from areas with confirmed swine flu. Although agents of AeroMexico ticket counter based in Los Angeles International Airport say they have not been given any special instruction about the flu, LAX maintains that precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the infection.

Michael Sheehan, the spokesman for Royal Caribbean cruise ship operator that operates to and fro Mexican Riviera announced that the company is equally monitoring closely the flue outbreak, but has not changed sailings yet.

On Sunday, Canada also confirmed human cases of swine flu and nations such as Spain and New Zealand are also suspecting swine flu human infection.

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