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Swine flu update: Google map suggests it's safer in Baja than Southern California

April 28, 2009 |  9:58 am

Family breaks camp along the shore of Bahia de los Angeles in Baja California.

Ed Kunze, a fly-fishing guide and longtime resident of Zihuatanejo, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, just e-mailed to say, "So far there has not been a single case of the flu here in this state. But we have 80-degree-plus weather, which is not conducive to catching flu-like symptoms.

"Whereas Mexico City, with a much higher elevation, gets cold at night and hot in the day. Combine that with a whole lot of people, and the flu will do very well."

I told Ed about my Sunday trip to the Los Cabos region of Baja California Sur, and he forwarded a link to a Google map showing where swine-flu outbreaks have occurred and commented, "You are actually in greater danger there in L.A."

Looking at that map makes me wish I were leaving sooner.

— Pete Thomas

Photo: Family breaks camp along the shore of Bahia de los Angeles in Baja California. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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