The Zika virus is spread through an infected mosquito that bites a person. The virus can be found in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and in some parts of the United States. The symptoms include a rash, fever and joint pain; the symptoms usually resolve on their own. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Zika virus. The best prevention is to avoid mosquitos, wear long sleeves and stay indoors.
The CDC recommends using "insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol." Here are other prevention methods from the CDC.
Pregnant women are at a high risk and should avoid travelling to destinations with Zika outbreaks due to the risk of birth defects.
Will the fear of the Zika virus impact leisure and business travel? What if you already have a trip planned to an area with a known Zika outbreak? I was reading a recent Meeting & Conventions magazine and they had an article about the type of clause you need to protect your event against Zika.
Meeting & Conventions magazine advises that you can protect yourself legally. "You can include a contract provision that your group is allowed to cancel without liability when the government issues an advisory against travel to the location of your event. The wording must also define what constitutes the need the cancel the program outright."
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