Amidst advisories discouraging travel to Mexico over the potential spread of swine flu, the educational getaway there is still a go for a group of Eisenhower Middle/High School students.
"You are hearing less incidents of swine flu," said Louise Tharp, the department head nurse for the Warren County School District.
According to Amy Stewart, director of instructional technology and communications for the district, when swine flu concerns were on high alert, the district would receive daily updates from the Division of Health. Since mid-May, the frequency of updates has decreased.
The 12 students and one adviser taking the trip are traveling to the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Merida, which reportedly have not been large target areas of the virus.
"They're way out there," said Stewart.
Tharp reports that the students have been notified of proper preventive measures, including washing their hands with antibacterial soap.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of the seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.
Tharp advised that any students feeling ill following the trip should contact their personal physician.
The trip is scheduled for June 17 through 24, with the students getting the opportunity to explore historical ruins sites Uxmal, Tulum and Chichen Itza.
"These kids have really looked forward to it," said Stewart, adding, "You make your decisions in the best interest of the kids."