H1-N1 Virus Attacks Local Businesses

Maria Bautista, Dumas resident
Maria Bautista, Dumas resident
Rosa Bautista, owner "El Vaquero"
Rosa Bautista, owner "El Vaquero"

The streets of Dumas are no longer busy with shoppers, who fear becoming the next victim of the H1-N1 virus.

"They are nervous. Because what I have seen at work, well there is always a talk about it and we are scared of that too," said Maria Bautista, Dumas resident. "I mean, the economy it's not that good right now, but if the virus gets here, it will hurt the economy more."

The outstanding number of fatalities in Mexico is also fueling their fear of becoming infected. And leading more Hispanics to take extra precautions, including staying at home.

For businesses in Dumas, which cater specifically to the Mexican community, this means they may have to close their doors.

"It's affecting all of us. This place is usually full with customers everyday. Now, because of the virus, it's practically empty," said Rosa Bautista, owner "El Vaquero."

Bautista says this fear of contamination is also having effects on their culture. It is common among Hispanics to greet each other with a kiss or a hug. But now, she says people are more worried about their health and avoiding all contact.

It's important to note that if you are of Hispanic or Mexican descent, that does not make you more likely to become infected with this virus.

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