Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014

Reports in media about Chikungunya causes panic

chikungunyaWILLEMSTAD - The news about the prevailing Chikungunya virus in Curaçao has also reached the Dutch media. De Telegraaf reported earlier this week about the ‘killer mosquito’ and even the Dutch TV channels NOS and RTL 4 news gave attention to this problem.

Outside the Netherlands, the press also picked up the news, like CNN who spoke of a ‘debilitating outbreak’. Due to the sudden and alarming reports, the Dutch tourist is getting somewhat worried. There are even tourists who are considering canceling their trip to Curacao after hearing this news.

According to experts, there is no reason to panic and it is especially important that the international media, particularly the Netherlands, are well-informed about the virus and its effects. Just like the Dutch doctors.

Also, during the Public Debate in parliament, the MPs discussed the impact of Chikungunya on tourism. Several MPs want to know from the Minister of Public Health, Ben Whiteman how many tourists really are infected with the virus and what the government is doing to reduce the impact on the image of the island as a popular holiday destination.

Meanwhile, the number of Chikungunya cases also continues to grow. According to epidemiologist from the Public Health Service, the number of cases could rise to 75,000 by next year April.

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