Artist Humberto Ramos announced this morning on his blog that he would be withdrawing from a convention appearance at Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend, citing concerns about traveling in Mexico as a result of the country’s recent outbreak of Swine Flu.
“Fortunately Me and my family and and friends we are all alright,” wrote Ramos, “but this is a more important reason to remain alert and precocious, avoiding places where is a big concentration of people is one the main warnings we got from day one of the outbreak, so being in a plane or the airport is not the best place to be right now.”
There have been nearly 1600 cases of Swine Flu in Mexico, and nearly 150 deaths to date. Fox recently canceled its Mexico City premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine over concern about the virus.
A representative for Comicpalooza told Newsarama, “The only statement we have made is that Humberto Ramos has decided to cancel his appearance due to concerns about the swine flu in Mexico. No other creators have made a similar decision. According to what we have seen on the swine flu in the US media, swine flu does not appear to be very contagious, and appears to require some form of touching to spread. We will be providing hand sanitizer to our dealers and artists for their use during the event. We do not expect to be very much affected by the swine flu epidemic.”