By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Despite the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) maintains that the virus is no reason for visitors to avoid the regions.
The CTO this week released a list of ten reasons why you shouldn’t cancel your trip to the Caribbean because of the Zika virus, and has been actively promoting the dissemination of the information contained in the list.
The CTO explained that: the virus is mostly concentrated in Brazil and South America, around 200 suspected cases in the Caribbean; the World Health Organization (WTO) has issued a no-travel warning due to Zika; and that there is still much about the virus that has been unconfirmed.
“The WHO itself has stated several times that it has no proof of a link between Zika and microcephaly. In fact, there is other research that suggests there is no link and that there are other causes of the suspected rise in cases in Brazil. There are also no reported cases of microcephaly linked to Zika outbreaks in other countries or regions,” the CTO said.
In Belize, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, said that the ministry will meet in the upcoming week, to synchronize what kind of information will be disseminated in their public education campaign.
“Really what we can do is ensure that we ramp up the measures we use to control the breeding of the mosquito, which carries the virus, and underscore that pregnant women protect themselves from mosquito bites,” he said.
The WHO declared last week that Zika should be treated as a global health emergency but has not suggested any changes in neither trade nor travel.