A BRIDESMAID has relived the moments she realised swine flu panic had gripped Mexico.
Laura MacIver, of Ellesmere Port, returned from celebrating her friend’s wedding in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Monday, and only realised the deadly virus had broken out once she got to the airport.
Twenty-nine-year-old Laura said: “I didn’t know anything about it until we got to Cancun airport and saw people wearing masks.
“We were not told anything and we don’t know how bad it is.”
Laura confirmed that no members of the wedding party had been screened for the virus on their return to Manchester Airport.
Two travel companies in Ellesmere Port have cancelled all flights to Mexico until today, and have warned holidaymakers that further cancellations are likely.
Speaking yesterday (Tuesday), Julie Smith, branch manager of First Choice, owned by the same company as Thomson, said: “We’ve been updated by email this morning by the Foreign Commonwealth Office and all flights up until April 29 have been cancelled.
“The two flights that have been sent out today are empty and will be collecting people to bring them back to the UK.
“We’ve had a few phone calls this morning from people who are due to fly out in May and June and we’ve been telling them to await further updates.”
A spokesperson for Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust said: “Anyone who has recently travelled to the affected areas and is experiencing influenza-like illness should stay at home to limit contact with others and seek medical advice by phone from a local health professional or NHS Direct. You will be asked further questions and may need to be swabbed for testing.”
A statement from the Countess of Chester Hospital said there had been no confirmed cases of swine flu.