Panama issues recommendations to tourists with respect to Zika virus

Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2016

ZikaZika virus should not be an impediment to domestic and foreign tourists to visit the various attractions of Panama.

In an official statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by the World Tourism Organization (OMT), it was agreed that no restrictions on travel to areas affected by the Zika virus should be imposed.

In case of Panama, the national government enacted measures to curb the spread of the virus that has affected people in the Guna Yala region and allocated $ 10 million for the comprehensive approach to health alert.


“Panama is a country with tropical rain forests, growing immigration and international air traffic. We have the Gorgas Memorial Institute, a research center for tropical diseases, which together with the Ministry of Health (MOH) contribute to improve the situation in Panama, “said General Manager of the Tourism Authority of Panama, Gustavo Him.


“We encourage the tourism sector to adopt extreme preventive measures against the transmitter especially mosquitoes by eliminating breeding sites, since we are in the peak tourist season,” he added.

He urged coordination between associations, business leaders and community members, in order to disseminate preventive information, so that Panama is still considered a safe holiday destination.


The Tourism Authority of Panama and the Ministry of Health made a vehement appeal to businessmen linked with the national tourism sector to undertake appropriate actions to reinforce the cleaning processes, elimination of breeding and extreme measures in all tourist establishments and gastronomical sites, who have a special interest in health and economic well-being of their area of influence.


Zika infection is a disease caused by a virus, like dengue and yellow fever, which is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes, both in urban and rural areas.

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