‘Substantial Consequences’ Hit Businesses Due to Zika Travel Warnings

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Principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat, said that the Zika virus detected in the US state of Florida caused economic pain in the areas.

A biologist places a recipient with larvae of aedes aegypti mosquitoes as he conducts a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Small businesses in two areas where local transmission of the Zika virus was detected in the US state of Florida have experienced economic pain, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat, said on Thursday.

“We know that travel guidance has had substantial consequences on local business and of course we’re working very hard with local authorities to address the mosquito problem and try to support the individuals in this zone,” Schuchat stated in a call with reporters.

However, US Travel Association president Roger Dow said during the call that although the potential for economic harm from Zika exists, there so far is no evidence of long-term damage. The association represents companies in the travel industry.

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San Salvador - Sputnik International
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Local transmissions of Zika have occurred in the city of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and a small part of nearby Miami Beach. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid both areas.

The total number of nontravel-related Zika cases in Florida is now up to 70. None of the other 47 contiguous US states has recorded a case of Zika that isn’t travel-related.

The current Zika outbreak began in Brazil in spring 2015. The virus is not believed to cause serious complications for healthy adults, but it can cause severe brain defects including microcephaly in newborns.

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