The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) advise that they are in close contact with Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in order to monitor and research the Zika cases that have now surfaced in some Caribbean destinations and to communicate prevention and control measures to residents and visitors.
Public health authorities in the Caribbean are working diligently to mitigate the effects of the Zika virus. Zika, also known as ZIKV, is spread primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The CTO and CHTA are in communication with their respective stakeholders and are observing national, regional and international health protocols in dealing with mosquito-borne viral diseases which can be found in tropical countries.
With more than 700 islands in 30 territories in the Caribbean, conditions will vary from one nation to another.
CTO and CHTA will continue to monitor all developments related to mosquito-borne viral diseases and to support appropriate communication, education and prevention initiatives.
For additional information on Zika guidelines for travellers, go to http://carpha.org/Portals/0/docs/ZIKA/ZIKA-GUIDELINES-FOR-TRAVELLERS.pdf ; while for Zika guidelines for hotels and guesthouses, visit http://carpha.org/Portals/0/docs/ZIKA/ZIKA-GUIDELINES-FOR-HOTELS.pdf .