Last updated: 12:22 PM ET, Fri September 02 2016

POLL: Almost 50 Percent of Americans Wary of Travel to Zika-Infected Areas

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 02, 2016

POLL: Almost 50 Percent of Americans Wary of Travel to Zika-Infected Areas

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A recent poll suggests almost 50 percent of Americans surveyed are wary of traveling to areas of the United States impacted by the Zika virus, including portions of Florida.

According to The Associated Press, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the results of its poll Thursday which found that 48 percent of Americans would be uncomfortable traveling to areas where cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed.

In addition, 61 percent were wary of travel to Puerto Rico or other American territories dealing with a Zika virus outbreak.

Luckily for the tourism sector in Florida, the confirmed Zika cases are isolated for now to the Miami area, but the fear is that the virus could spread to places like Orlando where theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are located. Just the same, Miami is still a huge tourism draw for the state—more than 15.5 million people visited the area last year.

The Florida Department of Health has reported 47 non-travel related Zika cases in the state, with the Miami area being classified as a mosquito transmission region.

The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation also found that respondents believe the government should make controlling the Zika virus a top priority moving forward. Since President Barack Obama asked for emergency funding in February, though, congress has whiffed on passing a bill.


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