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Concern Mounts Over Zika in Thailand

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 13, 2016

Concern Mounts Over Zika in Thailand

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Thailand’s booming tourism industry has withstood terror attacks and military coups but could it be Zika that actually brings travel in the country to its knees? 

Time is reporting that there is growing concern that Zika may begin to impact tourism within the country as more than 20 cases of the virus were confirmed on Sunday alone. 

“If we say which province has infections [of Zika] then attention will turn on that province, and if that province is popular with tourists it will have an impact on tourism,” Anuttarasakdi Ratchatatat, an epidemiologist at the health ministry’s Bureau of Vector Borne Disease, told Reuters.

Currently, there are approximately 100 confirmed cases in Thailand. 

“Thai authorities also reported monitoring 30 pregnant women infected by the mosquito-borne virus. The health ministry told Reuters six women have given birth without complications so far,” reports Time.

Thailand’s climate, which is ideal for the proliferation of these mosquitoes, does not work in its favor. 

READ MORE: Tourism in Thailand Continues to Be Resilient Despite Unrest   

“Recent maps by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) suggests “increasing or widespread transmission” of the virus in the country, which, with its tropical climate and rainfall, provides ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” according to Time. 

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