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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009 12:27 pm | Updated: 3:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A swine flu outbreak that's left at least 149 people dead in Mexico and sickened at least 40 people across several U.S. states has prompted Tempe-based airline US Airways to issue a travel advisory in effect until April 30.

US declares public health emergency for swine flu

A swine flu outbreak that's left at least 149 people dead in Mexico and sickened at least 40 people across several U.S. states has prompted Tempe-based airline US Airways to issue a travel advisory in effect until April 30.

US declares public health emergency for swine flu

According to an alert on its Web site posted late Friday, US Airways has "relaxed ticketing policies for travel to Mexico City."

The airline will waive fees related to changing travel dates up to seven days before or after the scheduled travel date. Unused tickets can also be used toward an alternate destination instead of Mexico City, provided it's within seven days of the originally scheduled departure date.

Other airlines are taking similar steps.

United Airlines. for instance, has issued a similar travel waiver for tickets purchased on or before April 26 to Mexico City, as has American Airlines, which will waive fees for reservation changes for travel from, to or through Mexico since Saturday up to May 6, provided the ticket was bought by April 24.

Federal health officials Sunday declared a public health emergency after the 20th case related to the swine flu was reported in Ohio. Officials expect the numbers in the U.S. to rise.

According to wire reports, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the emergency declaration at a press conference as “standard operating procedure.”

There have been no cases of the flu virus in Arizona. Across the country, 20 swine flu cases have been reported in New York, Texas, California, Ohio and Kansas.

Meanwhile, the deadly virus is suspected to have spread to other parts of the world.

According to an Associated Press report, Canada has confirmed mild cases of swine flu Sunday. Others including New Zealand and France also are reporting suspected cases.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, swine flu symptoms are similar to a regular flu, including high fever, cough, body aches and a runny nose.

The health department advises everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and, as much as possible, to limit exposure to anyone who's sick.

For more information about the US Airways advisory, call 1-800-428-4322 or visit www.usairways.com.

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