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38% of Bahrainis change travel over swine flu fear

Survey shows concerns about H1N1 virus is putting off people from travelling.

Thirty eight percent of Bahrainis have changed their travel plans because of swine flu fears, a survey has found.

The survey by the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, reported by the Gulf Daily News, found that one quarter of respondents were not feeling safe about efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Some 38 percent of people had delayed the date of travel, changed the destination or even cancelled their trip, the paper said.

But, 62 percent said the threat of swine flu had not changed their plans to travel to countries like the United States and UK, where swine flu patients have died.

The paper reported that of those who said their travel plans had changed, 44 percent had delayed the date, 29 percent had changed the destination and 27 percent had cancelled the trip completely.

The survey questioned 400 Bahrainis aged 19 to 70.

Twenty five percent said they were “not at all” feeling safe about Bahrain’s preparations to control the spread of the virus, while 19 percent said they were not aware of the steps taken.

Meanwhile, six people, including two children aged two and 10, tested positive for swine flu on Wednesday, bringing the total number of H1N1 cases in the kingdom to 39.

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