Last updated: 05:56 PM ET, Sat January 30 2016

Survey: More than Half of Respondents Would Not Travel to Zika-Affected Regions

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 30, 2016

Survey: More than Half of Respondents Would Not Travel to Zika-Affected Regions

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More than half of Americans surveyed by travel risk manager On Call International said they would cancel their plans to travel to countries affected by Zika virus.

Of 1,934 consumers aged 18 and older in the United States who were surveyed, about 64 percent said they would not travel to areas where outbreaks have occurred, Reuters reported. 

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

The results, which came from a Google Consumer Survey, also revealed that about 69 percent of all female participants said they would cancel their travel plans, according to Reuters.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can now be found in 23 different countries and territories in the Americas. The hardest-hit country has been Brazil, which has reported about 3,700 cases of microcephaly, the birth defect that is suspected to be related to the virus, Reuters said.

READ MORE: How Is Zika Virus Impacting Caribbean Tourism?

Women who are pregnant or may soon become pregnant have been warned to stay away from the affected regions. Airlines, cruise lines and tour providers have offered refunds to pregnant women who scheduled flights to Zika-affected areas.


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