A quick spot of shopping in Hong Kong showed Mexico's ambassador to China the extent to which Mexico is seen as the front line in the swine flu pandemic. 'When I was doing some shopping, somebody asked me where I was from. When I said Mexico, she said: 'Oh Mexico, it's very dangerous because of swine flu',' said ambassador Jorge Guajardo. 'First of all, swine flu is not dangerous because we now know how to respond and prevent it. Second, Mexico is not the country with the most cases.' Mr Guajardo said life in Mexico had returned to normal since the outbreak at the beginning of May that killed 116 people and led to a five-day business shutdown. He added that tourists were starting to return and hotel occupancy rates were rising. Swine flu, officially known as A(H1N1) influenza, caused a diplomatic row between the mainland and Mexico, with both countries sending charter aircraft to take their citizens home. But Mr Guajardo said the tension was over. 'We should make sure that no one is singled out as a potential carrier just for nationality,' he said. 'As we know there are four times more cases of swine flu in the US than in Mexico. But we have not said that the United States is very dangerous because it has four times as many cases as Mexico.' Mr Guajardo said the Mexican government learned from Hong Kong's outbreaks of avian flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome and acted decisively to stop public and commercial activities regardless of the cost. 'What we have learned in Asia is the best way to control this type of epidemic is through information.' He said he wanted to say to Hong Kong readers that Mexico was a safe country to travel and visit and that Mexico would welcome visitors with open arms now that 'H1N1 flu is over'.