Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu letter

Dear Parents of our beloved missionaries,

With regards to the recent events of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico City, I am writing to let you know that I have been working closely with our Area Medical Advisor, Elder Roger Brunt M.D., to ensure the physical safety of each our missionaries. I have informed our missionaries to strictly follow all of the guidelines that the Mexican Government is asking its citizens to do, which are:
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially if you have had contact with someone that is ill.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with your hands.
  • Do not greet someone directly with a handshake or a kiss.
  • Avoid places where there is close contact with large groups of people, like the subway and busses.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins A and C (carrots, papaya, guayaba, oranges, mandarin oranges, limes, lemons, pineapple, etc.)
  • If flu like symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
In addition to these guidelines I have strongly encouraged our missionaries to not eat from street vendors and to carry with them antibacterial gel to sanitize their hands throughout the day.

I am confident that if the missionaries will be obedient to these guidelines they can continue to participate in their normal missionary activities. Your prayers, faith and sacred support are deeply appreciated. There is no doubt that our missionaries are on the Lord’s errand and will continue to enjoy the blessings and protection of Him whose work this is.

Warmest regards,
President Russell G. Bulloch
Mexico City East Mission

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