Caribbean tourism officials yesterday urged visitors not to cancel their visits to the region in light of the ongoing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) say they have become aware of the concerns being raised by potential visitors to the region adding “we implore you not to panic”.

The two organizations say they remain in close contact with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) “to monitor and research the Zika cases in the Caribbean and to communicate prevention and control measures to residents and visitors, while the health authorities in our member countries are taking the necessary steps to limit the number of new cases.

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