travelling in the strange times of A/H1N1 flue

I have just spent about week in New Delhi participating in the official launch of the CSISA project (Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia) and related planning meetings. In the time when A/H1N1 flue outbreak started in Mexico. Indian officials got a tough task – manhunt for about 2000 people who according to statistics arrived to India from Mexico within last about 10 days to check their health … at the end it shouldn’t be so complicated as each foreigner arriving to India must fill the form with identification of address where he/she will stay while in India. But who knows where all these papers end up after being stamped by immigration officials. Well, to make it short, from Indian officials visited me ;o).

The flight back to US was surprisingly totally full – including at least 10 families with small babies. I like babies, but not when they are crying in continuous cacophony nearly whole 14 hours. About 10 passengers with face masks, the rest didn’t care. When passing through immigration in Newark and stating that I am just in transit to Mexico the lady officer wished me good luck with raised eyebrows. When re-checking in my luggage another officer asked whether I am really sure to continue to Mexico. Well yes, I am. Checking the statistics of confirmed death is just around 20 and confirmed sick people are about 80 … in 25 million people town!
I feel sorry for Mexican economy and 250,000 pigs that are being slaughtered in Egypt and going back to Mexico.


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