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Marriott Issues Statement on Zika Virus

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | January 29, 2016

Marriott Issues Statement on Zika Virus

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In wake of the expanded travel warnings issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertaining to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Marriott International has issued a statement. 

In the brief statement released Thursday, Marriott said it "continues to closely monitor the ongoing situation related to the Zika virus."

"Our hotels in the impacted areas are taking precautions; including fogging of outdoor areas, providing mosquito repellent for guest use, addressing areas of standing water, educating our employees on the virus and making information available to guests."

READ MORE: United and American Offering Refunds to Pregnant Passengers Due to Zika Virus

Countries on the CDC's warning list include Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde, Samoa, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

The Bethesda, Maryland-based company went on to say that it is "monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other international health organizations, as well as our corporate and regional teams."

READ MORE: How Travel is Reacting to Zika Virus

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees is a top priority at Marriott," the company stressed in concluding its statement. 

Marriott also encouraged travelers to visit the CDC's official website for additional information regarding the virus, which has been linked to birth defects in Brazilian newborns and could potentially cause the rare paralysis syndrome known as Guillain-Barre.

With several popular tourist destinations making the CDC's travel warning list, many companies within the travel and tourism industry have issued responses.

Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and others have already released similar statements.


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