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CARPHA urges tourism interests to take steps to mitigate against Zika Virus

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 1:54 PM

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging tourism interests in the region to increase their vigilance as the Caribbean seeks to limit the impact of the Zika Virus.

According to CARPHA, the Caribbean is one of the most tourism dependent regions in the world and so travel-related diseases such as Zik V have a huge potential to negatively impact its economies and reputation a tourist destination.

CARPHA says its partners, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, have indicated that they are already reports of travel cancellations in the region because of Zik V.

It says as the number of Zika cases among travellers increases, the potential negative impact on Caribbean tourism dependent economies will also escalate.

How hotels can help:

*Enhance measures to avoid mosquito breeding on compounds and surroundings.

Avoid storing water in outdoor containers which could become breeding sites.

*Cover water tanks or reservoirs so that mosquitoes do not get in

*Install mosquito screening on windows and doors.

*Supplying guests with bed nets;

*Consider placing insect repellents in every room, or having them available for purchase

*Provide staff and guests with information.

In the meantime... CARPHA is urging travellers to the region to use insect repellent, stay and sleep in screened and or air conditioned rooms and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.