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IMB lifts travel restrictions to Mexico


RICHMOND, Va. (BP) ó The International Mission Board has lifted restrictions on non-emergency travel to and from Mexico by its personnel, the agency said in a statement May 7.

The decision was based on updated information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Though ongoing flu outbreaks continue to spread in the United States and internationally, reports on the severity of the symptoms indicate that the strain is not as dangerous as public health officials originally thought. Previously, the IMB suspended non-emergency travel in response to the CDCís recommendations that U.S. travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico. 

All missionaries who were previously restricted from travel may now return to Mexico. U.S. churches with imminent mission trips to Mexico are encouraged to continue to stay in touch with local contacts and to monitor CDC recommendations as they make travel plans.