EU health ministers have poured cold water on a French proposal to suspend all flights to Mexico as a measure to counter the spread of swine flu. It was rejected at an emergency meeting in Luxembourg on formulating a joint response to the health crisis.
Instead the ministers agreed that member states should decide individually on any travel curbs. Several countries said a flight ban simply would not work. Officials stressed cooperation was the key to combating the flu in Europe. Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said: “Without underestimating the seriousness of the existing situation we believe that we are prepared to deal with this. We are worried, but we are on top of things. There is no need to panic”. The virus is believed to have killed almost 180 people in Mexico and its presence is now confirmed in a number of countries across the world. The ministers also agreed keep to keep the public informed about preventative measures.