University administrators lifted the temporary suspension of all University-sponsored travel to Mexico on Tuesday. The suspension had been in place for nearly three weeks.

University Provost Teresa Sullivan wrote in an e-mail statement on Tuesday that University President Mary Sue Coleman decided to rescind the suspension after consulting with Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer of the University and director of University Health Service. The administration had also learned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considered the H1N1 swine flu to be significantly less life-threatening than initially anticipated.

The CDC downgraded their suggested restriction on travel to Mexico on May 15.

In a press briefing released May 18, the CDC said that travelers heading to Mexico who are at high risk for complications from the contraction of swine flu due to underlying illness should use precaution by checking with their healthcare providers before embarking.

According to the CDC, those who are most at risk for complications are pregnant woman and people over the age of 65.

Coleman announced the travel suspension on Apr. 29 when there were 47 probable cases of swine flu in the state of Michigan, including one confirmed in Livingston County.

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