Fear of Zika virus explodes as 49% of travelers say they won’t travel to infected areas this year

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Monday, March 7, 2016
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Fear of Zika virus explodes as 49% of travelers say they won’t travel to infected areas this year

Major decline of travel this year to South and Central America, and Caribbean expected if facts not considered

A new survey of travelers authored by Executive Travel last week asked, “Would the threat of the Zika virus keep you from traveling this year to any reported infected areas (i.e. South and Central America, Caribbean and parts of Mexico)? Of those surveyed 49% said that the virus would keep them from traveling this year to those reported affected areas. 51% of the 880 travelers surveyed the week of March 1, 2016 said they would travel to infected areas despite the threat.

Steve Glenn, CEO of Executive Travel commented, “It appears that travelers are taking the Zika virus threat very seriously as almost half of those surveyed said it would have a negative impact on them traveling to infected areas. We are seeing this especially among young families and female travelers in the child bearing ages who are taking a better-safe-than-sorry posture by avoiding travel to reported infected areas.”

Glenn cautioned people not to overreact to what they see on the news as many experts are now saying the virus is being blown completely out of proportion. Glenn pointed to noted health expert Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) who said, “It’s that time again — time for the pandemic outbreak propaganda machine to cry “Wolf!” and justify the mass use of vaccines and the necessity for chemical remediation. We’ve seen a string of these over-hyped virus scares over the past six years, from the bird and swine flu to Ebola — all of which died down as suddenly as they emerged, without causing the predicted widespread catastrophic damage in the real world.” CLICK HERE to read more.

“It is very important to look at the facts beneath the headlines of the Zika virus outbreak’, according to Glenn. “Everybody is jumping to conclusions on this virus. When you take a common sense look at the issue and read the above referenced Doctor’s argument things look much less catastrophic than it appears in the press. It would appear to me that Zika is no greater or less of a risk than the long list of diseases (Dengue, Jaundice, Sickle Cell, Ebola, Syphilis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Yellow fever ) that we need to prepare for as we travel around the globe. 


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