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Asian Tourism Industry Braces for Flu Fears

28/04/2009 18:40

Asia's travel industry, struggling with weak demand because of the weak global economy, is bracing for the fallout from the swine flu. But industry analysts say Asia's 2003 experience with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome may help the region recover quickly from a travel slump.


Airline industry and port authorities around Asia are monitoring arriving passengers, hoping to detect, and isolate, anyone infected with swine flu, which broke out in Mexico in recent weeks.

In the past several days, the virus has spread to Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Israel and Europe. It is suspected of causing about 150 deaths in Mexico where more than 1,600 possible cases have been reported.


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