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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, April 2003 Issue

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In This Issue:
Travel Therapy - Calf Stretch

  • Candlewood's Free Night on Easter
  • Iberia Companion Flies Free
  • New Low Fare Airline
  • Team Red Guests Get a Free Night
  • Airlines Fight Over Stranded Passenger Fee
  • New System to Ease Safety Jitters
  • BA May Scrap Concorde
  • Delta to Test New Airport Security Plan
  • Senior Time at the Sagamore
  • Travelers Face Radiation Screen
  • New Bank Card Scam
  • Choice Hotels Best E-Rate Guarantee
  • La Quinta Great American Sleepover
  • Travel Therapy by John McCandlish
  • Food Safety When Hitting the Road
  • Global Mystery Disease


    **Nevada RV Adventure Sweepstakes -- RV and road-trip enthusiasts who visit Nevada may enter the sweepstakes to win a new 2003 Winnebago Sightseer valued at more than $70,000. Visitors may enter up to five times, once from each of Nevada's five tourism "territories," at any of the 72 participating RV and state parks and at chambers of commerce and convention and visitor bureaus statewide.
    XXXXXXXXNo purchase is necessary and the deadline to enter is Oct. 15. Details appear on NCOT's Web site.

    **Thrifty Car New Sweepstakes -- Thrifty Car Rental launched a new sweepstakes on www.THRIFTY.com .
    XXXXXXXXThrough May 31, 2003, the company will give away 92 daily prizes of a free week’s rental in the U.S. and three monthly grand prizes of a Segway Human Transporter. The three grand prizes include orientation at Segway's production facility in Bedford, N.H., round trip airfare, car rental and hotel accommodations.
    XXXXXXXXNo purchase is required to enter, but winners must be at least 21, a U.S. resident, have a valid U.S. driver's license, and able to meet certain car rental requirements. Winners will be randomly drawn from entries received by 5 p.m. CST that day. Each daily winner will receive one free week of car rental in the U.S., including economy, compact, mid-size, full size or minivan. All taxes, fuel, optional insurance coverage and any other incidental charges are the responsibility of the winner. Winner must possess a credit card in their own name. The three grand prize winners will be chosen at random at the end of each month.
    XXXXXXXXEntries are limited to one per person. Additional details about the contest are available online.

    **Missouri Spring Promotion -- Missouri's Great Escape will run through May 30 and offer the opportunity to win one of five Missouri vacation packages or a brand new Ford Escape XLT sport utility vehicle. No purchase is necessary in order to win. The five vacation packages include: An Entertainment Escape to St. Louis with a two night stay, a History Escape to St. Joseph with a two night stay, a Shopping Escape to Kansas City with a two night stay, a Camping Escape to the Lake of the Ozarks with a two night stay and a Fishing Escape to Springfield and Branson with a two night stay.
    XXXXXXXXMissouri's Great Escape, 800/519-4800.

    **Days Inn Free Bowling Sweepstakes -- Days Inn hotels offer guests 10 million free bowling games and a chance to win $50,000. As lodging sponsor of the Professional Bowlers Association, the Days Inn offers guests one coupon each for a free bowling game at participating bowling centers in the United States through May 22. AAA and CAA members will receive two additional free games.
    XXXXXXXXEnter the $50,000 Days Inn Strike it Rich Sweepstakes online at www.daysinn.com or mail a hand-printed 3-by-5 inch card including name, address, day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address, age and the words "Strike It Rich" Send your postcard to Strike It Rich at Days Inns Sweepstakes, c/o ePrize, PO Box 9052, Farmington Hills, MI., 48333-9052.
    XXXXXXXXNo purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, which ends May 22. Free bowling game coupons available while supplies last. Participating bowling centers are listed on www.pba.com and www.bowl.com.
    XXXXXXXXDays Inn, 800/DAYS-INN.

    Candlewood Suites Free Night on Easter

    This Easter, Grandparents won't have to sacrifice privacy or independence to visit out of town family, when they stay at Candlewood Suites. The "Grandparents Stay Free" program at Candlewood lets grandparents enjoy a free night's stay on Easter when they pay for the night before or after. The program also runs on Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, National Grandparents' Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and the first-time stay anytime.

    While staying at Candlewood, grandparents will enjoy suites with fully equipped kitchens, free local phone calls; free laundry and fitness facilities; and free video and CD library. Value priced food items and snacks are available 24 hours a day from the honor-based Candlewood Cupboard pantry.

    Qualification is easy: Guests show a photo of their grandchild when they check in.

    Candlewood Suites, 888/226-3539.

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    Iberia Companion Flies Free

    Iberia extends its Business Class Companion Flies Free Program through August 2003. The free companion ticket is offered with the purchase of a full fare Business class ticket (subject to inventory availability). The companion must travel with the paying passenger on entire itinerary.

    The program includes 20 international destinations, departing from Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK and San Francisco airports.

    Destinations in Spain include: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Seville; in Europe, Amsterdam, Athens, Brussels, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Zurich and Vienna; and in Africa, Cairo, Casablanca and Johannesburg.

    Iberia Airline, 800/772-4642.

    New Low Fare Airline

    Starting this spring USA 3000 is the new airline on the block with brand new aircraft, pampering amenities and low fares.

    Scheduled, non-stop service will be offered to the following destination: Baltimore, MD to Cancun and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Cincinnati, OH to Cancun and Punta Cana; Cleveland, OH to Punta Cana; Newark, NJ to Punta Cana; and Philadelphia, PA to Cancun and Punta Cana.

    USA 3000 offers one-way service from $199. A sister company of Apple Vacations, USA 3000 benefits from 30 years of experience in providing vacation packages from 33 U.S. destination cities.

    Designed for the casual, leisure traveler, USA 3000's "Fair Fares" service includes: hot meals, mimosas, hot towels and in-flight entertainment, contoured seats, no roundtrip required, and no Saturday stays. If you can’t make your original trip, the airline offers a one-year same-price extension and issues all electronic tickets regardless if you book through the internet or travel agent.

    So you have a chance to establish a rapport before your visit, your assigned greeter will call before your visit. You and your greeter agree where to meet (usually the visitors’ center) and your greeter will take you on a two- to four-hour tour of the city using public transportation.

    USA 3000, 877/USA-3000.

    Team Red Guests Get a Free Night

    Red Lion Hotels offer guests who put in a day of work with Team Red, a new volunteer community outreach initiative, a free night's stay on Red Lion.

    Through Team Red, an innovative company-wide community outreach program designed to benefit local communities, Red Lion Hotel employees and guests work side-by-side to make communities a better place. Today, the first Team Red endeavors spread across Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Salt Lake City.

    All guests participating in this program are required to be GuestAwards members. Guests who register for and participate in a Team Red event will receive a certificate good for one free night at the sponsoring hotel, valid for six months from the date of issue.

    For information on Team Red or to find future projects in need of volunteers, visit this link.


    Airlines Fight Over Stranded Passenger Fee

    American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines are fighting a U.S. requirement that they fly passengers from defunct rivals for a $25 fee. The requirement, which the airlines say doesn't cover their costs, would extend until February 2004 under a $395 billion bill that a House-Senate conference committee may approve.

    The law encourages passengers of defunct airlines to find alternative flights rather than seek refunds that would be paid by the credit card processors. Most credit card companies have charge-back procedures to reimburse consumers who show they made a good-faith effort to try to use services that weren't rendered. Credit card issuers pass the cost of reimbursement to the intermediaries that process the transactions. Cleveland-based National City Corp., which has units that process credit cards, has a ``best estimate'' of $1 billion of maximum potential charge backs related to United, US Airways and other airline customers, the company stated in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. National City said liquidations are unlikely in the near term for any of its airline customers and that ``material loss under the charge back rules is unlikely'' in the US Airways and United cases.

    Banks, US Airways and United Airlines supported the longer extension. Airlines operating without bankruptcy protection wanted the law to expire. The law says surviving carriers must transport passengers from defunct airlines ``to the extent practicable.'' The Department of Transportation interpreted the law to mean that carriers with seats available must allow ticketed passengers from defunct airlines to fly standby for $25 each way, which the department said reflected its estimate of carriers' costs. The law could cost carriers ``significant millions of dollars'' if they are barred from charging more than $25 to passengers of liquidated rivals, said Jon Ash, managing director at Global Aviation Associates, a Washington-based consulting firm.

    New System to Ease Safety Jitters

    Tourists in Mpumalanga South Africa can now get help at the press of a button if they're attacked. They just dial one number on their cellphone or a conventional phone and that will send multiple distress calls to emergency services within seconds.

    The National Crisis Control Centre (NCCC) and tourism promotions company Lowveld Tourism devised the system following at least 32 attacks on foreign tourists in the province since January 2002. There are eight task teams consisting of medical practitioners, locksmiths, security companies, police and helicopter and ambulance services. Overseas tourists can use this safety service by paying a small fee when they book their flights to South Africa.

    The system should also help guest lodge managers who can make sure their guests are safe while traveling or in their rooms. The system can be directly linked to the host or manager in addition to the multiple emergency services.

    BA May Scrap Concorde

    The State Department estimates that about 3,000 Americans are arrested in foreign countries every year. In many cases, guilt or innocence is irrelevant.

    British Airways might scrap Concorde because of a collapse in demand from business travelers. Falling ticket sales and the high running costs as the aircraft uses three times as much fuel as normal jets might bring Concorde's demise. Most of BA's fleet of seven supersonic airliners have safety clearance until 2009.

    The airline confirmed that nearly half of its 22 Concorde flight engineers were told they would be transferred to other planes and given the option of voluntary redundancy.

    Three years ago, an Air France Concorde crashed near Paris and killed 113 people. The accident forced the French and British airlines to pay for expensive modifications. After the crash, demand for supersonic flight fell and recent economic woes have prevented a recovery in the premium business market.

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    Delta to Test New Airport Security Plan

    Delta Air Lines will test a new government plan for air security that will check background information and assign a threat level to everyone who buys a ticket for a commercial flight. The system, ordered by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks, will gather much more information on passengers than previously. Delta will try it out at three undisclosed airports, and a comprehensive system could be in place by the end of the year.

    The nationwide computer system, which is not yet built, will check credit reports, bank account activity and compare passenger names with those on government watch lists. Civil liberties groups and activists object to the plan, seeing the potential for unconstitutional invasions of privacy and for database mix-ups that could lead to innocent people being branded security risks. There also is concern that the government is developing the system without revealing how information will be gathered and how long it will be kept. Advocates say the system will weed out dangerous people while ensuring law-abiding citizens aren't given unnecessary scrutiny.

    Transportation officials say CAPPS II -- Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System -- will use databases that already operate in line with privacy laws and won't profile based on race, religion or ethnicity. An oversight panel, which will include a member of the public, is being formed. The Transportation Security Administration will set up procedures to resolve complaints by people who say they don't belong on the watch lists.

    Airlines already do rudimentary checks of passenger information, such as method of payment, address and date the ticket was reserved. The system was developed by Northwest Airlines in the early 1990s to spot possible hijackers. Unusual behavior, such as purchasing a one-way ticket with cash, is supposed to prompt increased scrutiny at the airport. Unlike the current system, in which data stays with the airlines' reservation systems, the new setup will be managed by TSA. Only government officials with proper security clearance will be able to use it. CAPPS II will collect data and rate each passenger's risk potential according to a three-color system: green, yellow, red. When travelers check in, their names will be punched into the system and their boarding passes encrypted with the ranking. TSA screeners will check the passes at checkpoints. The vast majority of passengers will be rated green and won't be subjected to anything more than normal checks, while yellow will get extra screening and red won't fly. Nine to 11 of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 were flagged by the original Northwest system, but weren't searched because the system gave a pass to passengers who didn't check their bags.

    Senior Time at the Sagamore

    For travelers 60 years of age or older the Sagamore Resort, in Bolton Landing, NY offers weekday savings. Rates start from $167 per night May 1 to 22, 2002 and from $215 May 23 to June 30, 2002.

    As an added bonus, guests who book a two-night stay will receive $100 Resort Bucks that can be used at the resort's spa, golf course, or six different restaurants and bars. All rates are based on double occupancy.

    The 70-acre private island resort, located 60 miles north of Albany via Interstate 87, features spa facilities, a golf course, indoor tennis, racquetball and basketball courts and a fitness center with exercise and cardiovascular equipment, an indoor pool and daily yoga and aerobics classes. The resort is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Sagamore, 800/358-3585.

    Travelers Face Radiation Screen

    Federal inspectors are checking all travelers arriving in the United States for radiation as part of an expanded effort to screen for terrorist activity, a customs official said yesterday.

    Dean Boyd, of the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, said inspectors began using small, pager-like detectors at US ports of entry to check passengers for radiation. Inspectors, who ask incoming travelers for their passports, carry the detectors on their belts.

    Passengers may not notice the devices because inspectors do not have to sweep passengers with them to detect radiation. The pagers beep or vibrate to let inspectors know when something radiological is nearby.

    The goal is to screen all the 500,000-plus people entering the United States every day. Inspectors who check passports at the arrival gates will carry them.

    The detectors can be set off by low levels, such as by patients undergoing chemotherapy or someone who recently had an X-ray. As a backup, a few hundred inspectors will have hand-held ''isotope identifiers,'' which signal what the radioactive material is. ''It allows us to determine whether it's a nuclear bomb or components for a dirty bomb,'' Boyd said.

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    New Bank Card Scam

    The latest bank card scam is called the Lebanese Loop, according to police warnings on the Internet. Here's how it works. Thieves put a thin, clear, rigid plastic sleeve into the ATM slot. The machine cannot read the card, so it keeps asking you to register the PIN. Meanwhile someone watches you from afar to learn the PIN as the mark repeatedly attempts to get the ATM to respond. When the sucker finally gives up and walks off, the thieves return. In seconds, they pull out the plastic sleeve with the card and drain the account.

    It's nasty. But you can foil this scam. Before putting your card into an ATM, run your finger over the slot. The sleeve usually has a couple of prongs, so the thieves can get it out. You should be able to feel them.

    Choice Hotels Best E-Rate Guarantee

    Choice Hotels International offers a e-Rate Guarantee at its website that guarantees consumers’ the best online rates for stays at its Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

    To take advantage of the Best Choice e-Rate Guarantee, you must have a confirmed reservation for a room at any domestic Choice Hotels brand hotel on Choicehotels.com, then shop for a better rate on any alternative 3rd party travel web site that identify the hotel and room rate prior to booking a room. If a lower online rate is available, you then submit a Best Choice e-Rate Guarantee claim form, found online at Choicehotels.com. Once the alternate rate is verified, Choice Hotels will adjust your original reservation to the lower rate - and take off an additional 10 percent.

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    La Quinta Great American Sleepover

    La Quinta invites business and leisure travelers to spend the night during its "Great American Sleepover" promotion. Through May 31, 2003, La Quinta will offer rates between $49 and $69 at participating La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inn & Suites nationwide.

    The Great American Sleepover rates apply to standard rooms and are based on limited availability at each hotel. The rates cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discounted rate. Blackout dates apply for special events.

    La Quinta, 800/531-5900.

    FREE ADMISSION -- Come Monday and up to five people occupying the same vehicle as a child five and under receive free admission to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. Marvelous Mondays continue through 2003. Monday visitors also can register for a monthly drawing to win free passes for future visits. Callaway Gardens 800/225-5292.

    Travel Therapy by John McCandlish, Physical Therapist

    Everyone knows that air travel can prove to be both mentally and physically taxing. However, there are many ways to minimize the stress on your body. Healthy travel takes off even before you do, and you will reap the benefits long after landing.

    The week before a long journey, get at least six to eight hours of sleep per night, exercise two to three times per week, and eat a well-balanced diet. Remember when packing your bags that you will be the one lugging them. Overweight bags may place undue stress on your shoulders, back, and legs. Carry-on bags are more back-friendly if worn over both shoulders (consider using a back-pack instead of a briefcase).

    The majority of stress-reducing strategies take place while on-board the aircraft. Chose a bulkhead or exit row seat for increased leg room. If these seats are unavailable, request an aisle seat. Before settling into your seat, remember to squat and lift with your legs as you place your carry-on in the overhead compartment. Improper lifting techniques oftentimes lead to shoulder injuries. Once comfortably in your seat, place a lumbar roll in the small of your back to help you sit up straight. Slouching should always be avoided. Use a neck pillow to maintain correct spinal alignment and avoid a stiff neck after sleeping.

    No matter the length of the flight, it is important to keep your joints mobile and your muscles flexible. In-seat exercises can consist of the following:
    XXXXXXXXNeck range of motion: take your chin to your chest and then look up as far as you can, turning your head to alternately look over each shoulder, lastly bend your ear to each shoulder,
    XXXXXXXXShoulder shrugs: roll the shoulders forwards and backwards,
    XXXXXXXXShoulder blade squeezes.

    Perform each exercise slowly, within a pain-free range, and repeat five to 10 times. In addition to these upper body exercises, the following lower body exercises are crucial in maintaining good circulation to reduce the risk of blood clots: scrunching your toes, tapping your feet, and lifting your legs in a marching-type motion.

    Equally beneficial in this process is taking short walks around the plane every 30 to 60 minutes. Use your time during layovers to take longer walks through airport terminals, as well as to perform leg stretching as pictured below.

    XXXXXXXXCalf Stretch -- officially
    XXXXXXXXknown as the Gastroc Stretch
    XXXXLean into the wall with your right leg
    XXXXextended behind you, knee straight.
    XXXXPush your right heel down until you feel a
    XXXXstretch in your upper calf.

    XXXXXXXXHamstring Stretch
    Place your foot on a stool. Slowly lean forward, reaching down your shin until you feel a gentle stretch along the back of your thigh. Keep your back flat, chin up and shoulders back.

    Finally, it is essential to keep in mind that drinking plenty of water will enhance the benefits of all your hard work.

    Following these few simple tips will make your journey just as enjoyable as your destination.

    Food Safety When Hitting the Road

    With Americans about to hit the road this summer season, the car is bound to become a popular site for snacking, or "dashboard dining." With this in mind, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and ConAgra Foods encourage travelers to follow a few simple tips to ensure travel plans aren't ruined by a bad case of food poisoning.

    "The key to safe “dashboard dining” is bringing foods that are easy to carry, store and eat," said Carolyn O'Neil, registered dietitian and home food safety expert. "Take the time to think ahead and bring a supply of shelf- stable foods that are also nutritious. This way, car travelers can safely enjoy favorite foods in the car."

    Dashboard Dining Tips for quick, shelf-stable and easy foods to take on the road:

    -- Breads/Grains: single-serving boxes of cereal, trail mix, energy bars, granola bars, cereal bars, bagels, muffins, crackers, popcorn and chips

    -- Fruits and Vegetables: carrot and celery sticks and other cut-up raw vegetables, grapes, single-serve applesauce, whole fruit (apples, peaches, bananas), dried fruit mix and juice boxes

    -- Dairy and Alternatives: single-serve milk or soy beverage boxes and pudding cups

    -- Meat and Other Protein Sources: cans of tuna, peanut butter (for sandwiches or with celery and apples), nuts and single-serve packages of peanut butter and crackers or cheese and crackers

    -- Water: bottles of water

    Tips for Perishable Foods:

    -- If transporting perishable foods (i.e., cheese sticks, yogurt and yogurt drinks), pack them in plenty of ice in a well-insulated cooler or with cooling packs in a well-insulated lunch bag. As an extra safety precaution, keep a refrigerator thermometer inside the cooler at all times. Make sure the cooler is set below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure safe food storage. Note: In regions with cold weather, transport the cooler in the trunk, which is the coolest part of the car in the wintertime. In warmer weather, transport the cooler in an air-conditioned car instead of in a hot trunk.

    -- When preparing perishable items to transport, do not partially cook foods. Partial cooking of foods ahead of time allows bacteria to survive and multiply to the point that subsequent cooking may not destroy harmful bacteria. Cook meat/poultry completely and place in a cooler that is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to reheat foods to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

    -- Watch the clock when eating food in a hot car. Perishable foods should not stay unrefrigerated for more than two hours, and when the temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, that time is reduced to one hour.

    Tips for Keeping Hands and Eating Surfaces Clean:

    -- Always wash hands thoroughly, especially after activities such as filling the car with gas, stopping at a rest area or changing a child's diaper. Stop at a restaurant, gas station or rest area to wash hands, using warm, soapy water (washing for at least 20 seconds), or bring a pack of moist towelettes or spray bottle of soap and water solution with paper towels in the car. Be sure everyone washes hands before handling or eating foods in the car.

    -- Keep a stash of eating utensils in the car (i.e., plastic utensils, straws, napkins, garbage bags and paper towels).

    For more information about summer food safety, click here, or call ADA's Consumer Nutrition Information Line at 800/366-1655.

    Global Mystery Disease

    The World Health Organization alerts travelers about symptoms of a mystery disease, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS. Symptoms can include a fever greater than 100.4 F or 38 C, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with SARS. Probable cases are defined as: A person with chest x-ray findings of pneumonia or Respiratory Distress Syndrome or a person with an unexplained respiratory illness resulting in death without an identifiable cause.

    Hong Kong health authorities have traced the mysterious killer pneumonia to the Metropole Hotel in Kowloon district, in the former British colony, and a sickly doctor from southern China who infected six other guests. All seven people stayed on the ninth floor between February 15 and 27, and all contracted SARS, which has been linked to at least 10 deaths. It was believed the infection was spread when the doctor sneezed or coughed in the area around the elevator.

    The 64-year-old Chinese doctor was from Guangzhou provided a link to another pneumonia outbreak that ravaged southern China in February, killing at least five and infecting over 300.

    The major causative agent of the disease is now known, and is a 'coronavirus', WHO expert Klaus Stoehr said. Mark Salter, also of the WHO's communicable diseases department, said about 90 percent of patients showing SARS symptoms started to get better after six or seven days. The remaining 10 percent had a more severe form of the disease, tended to be older and suffer from pre-existing illnesses such as coronary heart diseases, and exhibited a higher mortality rate.

    WHO said the outbreak of the disease constituted "a worldwide threat," but did not recommend avoiding any destination. WHO recommends that countries most affected by SARS, such as Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guangdong province in China and Canada, screen international passengers at airports, but stopped short of calling for outright travel restrictions. Passengers checking in for flights should be asked if they have exhibited SARS-related symptoms like coughing, fever or breathing difficulties, and whether they have come in contact with possible SARS cases. If a passenger replies yes to one of the questions or if airport staff have doubts, the passenger should be referred to a health care worker. The recommendations apply to people traveling by sea, road and rail. If an ill passenger on a flight is suspected of having SARS, he should be isolated, fitted with a mask and assessed on arrival at his destination, WHO recommended to aircraft crews. Since SARS is believed to spread through close contact, an infected passenger would not necessarily place the entire plane at risk of contracting the disease. Close contact means sitting within two rows of an infected person in an airplane, WHO said.

    The Centers for Disease Control urges people to consider alternates to travel to the affected areas. The CDC is handing out cards explaining the symptoms and what to do to people returning from cruises or trips to the areas where the disease has been identified.

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