Via the Jamaica Observer, a CMC report: Region’s tourist officials caution about Chikungunya spread. Excerpt:
One of the region's leading health officials has cautioned tourism stakeholders in the Caribbean not to turn a blind eye as cases of Chikungunya continue to spread.
Executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the region needs to have all hands on deck to fight the disease.
"The players in the tourism industry need to be concerned and we have been working with Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) on some of the communications messages because you have to be truthful and honest in informing the population, but on the other hand you can't cause alarm and panic," he said.
"One of the things is that it's not only the population that might fall ill but actually your workers in the workforce and that's what's happening now, for instance, we've been getting reports in some countries. You're on a day-by-day basis (asking) who is sick today? So how can you work? That includes your nurses, doctors, tourism workers, everyone," he added.