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TONY MASON CEO OF LATA COMMENTS ON THE ZIKA VIRUS AS THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT DECLARES THE END OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Brazilian government has declared the end of the state of emergency related to the Zika virus.

Tony Mason, CEO of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), says:

“The Brazilian government had confirmed that cases of the Zika virus are now down by 95% in comparison to 2016. This refers specifically to the first 100 days of the year which corresponds to the hottest period of the year in Brazil when the mosquito population is at its highest.

This announcement comes 18 months after a surge in cases of the Zika virus drew headlines from around the world.   In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a mosquito eradication campaign which the health ministry claims has helped reduce cases of the Zika virus dramatically.

With colder weathers setting in, mosquito transmitted diseases are dramatically reduced.

At LATA we are confident to recommend Brazil as a travel destination and we hope that this lifting of the emergency status will help travellers and the travel industry feel reassured when booking trips to the country.”

www.lata.travel

Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus

LATA is represented by Lotus (LATAPR@wearelotus.co.uk / 0207 953 7470)

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