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I have no doubt that anyone reading this will have heard of the swine flu that is now making headlines in 25 countries across the globe, said to have originated in Mexico. The swine flu is an infection that usually affects only pigs, and not humans (in fact only about 50 human cases have been recorded since the mid-20th century) and is not dangerous in pig meat unless the meat has not been properly cooked.

So what is going on, you ask? And am I safe to study Spanish in Buenos Aires? The outbreak that we are seeing this year is the product of a new strain of the flu and although there is no known origin of this strain, it has been declared a strain that passes from human to human, with ease. Again, no one is sure where this flu originated from but sources are pointing to Mexico where the first cases and largest amount of cases have been found.

There is no real threat in Argentina; there have only been a few ‘flu’ reported cases and only one actual case from a man who had just flown from Mexico into Argentina, however, after a few days was released from hospital in good health.

Argentina, with any regular precautions, should be perfectly safe to travel in without worrying about the swine flu. For extra precaution you can take a flu vaccination or wear a mask during international flights; if you are traveling in and out of other countries make sure to check their health reports.

If at any moment you have more than 2 or 3 of the following symptoms, head to a local private clinic in Argentina and get yourself check out! Symptoms are: chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness, and general discomfort.