Barbadians from all walks of life have been expressing concern at the Swine Flu pandemic sweeping neighbouring countries. Too close for comfort many are thinking! If the reports in the international press are to be believed the virus originated in Mexico. The 23 month old who died in Texas, USA within the last 24 hours was a Mexican child who had sought treatment in the USA.
The medical authorities in the USA are being very negative in their forecast on how this pandemic will spread. This is not good news for the Barbados authorities, North America is a top three tourist market for Barbados. The positive spin is that Barbados has always enjoyed a diversified tourist product unlike Bahamas and others.
At this point we can only hope that the Barbados government is able to galvanize all the stakeholders to treat with this matter with the seriousness it deserves. Reports out of Mexico indicate that the tourist resorts are now ghost like in activity. Barbadians have been lulled into believing over the years that such catastrophic events cannot ever happen in Barbados.
Bloggers have been expressing their opinions on the matter. We have been inundated with interesting emails from BU family members to blog on the issue. We also want to thank BU family member Tourism Monkey who was the first commenter to alert the BU family on the subject.
We urge Barbadians every where to cooperate with the authorities to ensure that we keep Barbados Swine Flu free. Let us all exude positive karma, let us pray, whatever it takes!