PUERTO RICO DECLARES ZIKA EPIDEMIC OVER

Posted on 06/08/2017 | About Puerto Rico

This week Puerto Rico declared that the Zika epidemic is over and transmission levels of the virus have dropped to relatively low levels. The US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions has not amended its travel advice and still states that pregnant women should not travel to Puerto Rico, but the agency will review its surveillance data and update recommendations, they said in a statement.

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In February 2016 The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) launched an aggressive educational outreach program to address the Zika outbreak.

The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes and could cause fever, rash, headache, muscle or joint pain and red eyes. In some cases, it could cause birth defects and is linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Working with the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association as well as Meet Puerto Rico, the PRTC delivered a message intending to dissipate fears, but encourage caution.

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By the end of 2016 cases were at one percent of Puerto Rico's 3.5 million, much less ominous than the forecast that 25 percent of Puerto Ricans would eventually have the virus by that time.

In a statement, the Puerto Rican government said there have been only about 10 cases of Zika reported in every four-week period since mid-April, down from more than 8,000 cases in four-week periods at the same time last year.