The Entertainment Software Association has said that June's E3 event in Los Angeles will go ahead as planned, despite growing health concerns in America caused by the outbreak of swine flu.
The swine flu infection has begun to spread across the world and, while officials insist that there is no cause to panic, attending large public events and international travel are being discouraged by some health organisation. You can gain more information on the potential pandemic by checking the official websites for the World Health Organisation
and the BBC news health section
. There's also an on-going discussion in the bit-tech
forums about the spread of the infection.
The ESA isn't put off by the spread of the virus though and says that it is in contact with public health officials who are taking all the appropriate steps.
"The 2009 E3 Expo is progressing as planned,
" ESA spokesperson Dan Hewitt told Joystiq
. "Public health officials are taking all appropriate steps and we continue to follow their direction on all measures.
"We look forward to a great event, and to seeing you in Los Angeles in June.
However, it's worth mentioning that attendance at the show will be affected by the location of the show - LA is only a few hundred miles from the Mexico/US border, which may prove a worry to the predicted 40,000 attendees.
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