Gov. Rick Scott announced the record-breaking number of tourists that visited Florida in the first six months of the years. With a 4.3 percent growth from the same period of last year, Florida had around 57.4 million visitors.
The state registered 27.3 million visitors in the second quarter which is 3.1 percent more than the April-through-June period in 2017. Of the total amount of the visitors, 23.6 million were domestic travelers or Americans. It is a 4.6 percent increase in comparison to the same period of 2015.
Because of the Zika virus outbreak, the state has been hit with more negative information that made tourists reconsider whether they should visit Florida or change their destination. Moreover, the British health officials advised pregnant women and women planning pregnancies to avoid traveling to Florida.
The most interesting study result is that Americans planning to travel to Florida in the next few months were not fearing the Zika virus. Of the 828 potential Florida visitors that participated in the survey, 70 percent were influenced by the existence of the Zika virus in Florida, but only 10 percent were considering changing their destination to a safer place.
The state continues to aggressively fight the spread of the virus through mosquito control efforts. Despite their attempts, the governor affirmed that there were three more cases of locally transmitted Zika.
The state’s Department of Health has confirmed a number of 499 cases of Zika virus, with 58 pregnant women and 413 involving people who developed it elsewhere and returned home. 28 of the cases weren’t travelled-related and are considered to have been spread by a mosquito bite.
Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters but can also attack at night. The disease can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. The infection during pregnancy can cause a severe birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development.
Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth.
During the first week of infection, the virus can be found in a person’s blood. It can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
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