Mexican swine flu 'grounds corporates'

Honda, Nokia and Adidas among companies reported to have restricted travel

Mexico: Swine flu 'grounds corporates'
Mexico: Swine flu 'grounds corporates'

Honda, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Adidas are among the corporates that have reportedly placed restrictions on travel in response to the swine flu outbreak.
 
The restrictions come in the wake of the World Health Travel Organisation (WHO) raising its pandemic threat alert phase to level four and the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office advising against all but essential travel to Mexico.
 
And UK event agencies are monitoring the situation, poised to take action if their clients are caught up in the health scare.
 
Grass Roots Eventcom operations director Karen Giles said the agency did not have any events scheduled to take place in Mexico, but it had arranged to have a doctor on standby for an international event in Europe.
 
"For one large event taking place in the next couple of weeks, which involves delegates from some 30 countries flying to a European destination, we, at the client's request, have liaised with our DMC to arrange for a dedicated doctor to be available throughout the event along with access to anti-viral drugs and an ambulance," said Giles.
 
"While it is always a client's decision to cancel, relocate or postpone an event, we are ensuring we are as up to date as possible regarding official advice on travel. Airlines are not willing to give us information on individual planes' routes, nor are they currently planning to introduce decontamination procedures, which we feel would go a long way to reassure those flying, as well as reducing the spread of illness."
 
Meanwhile, BI operations director Rachel Stevens said the agency would monitor the situation and "take action as necessary".
 
"We have a duty of care to ensure our employees, clients and delegates are safe, but until the reality of the spread is realised, any necessary action can not be taken," said Stevens.

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