As 700 convention and event professionals plan to head to the International Congress and Convention Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for its 51st congress this weekend, the island of Puerto Rico has posted warnings about a Dengue Fever outbreak. “We've been in regular contact with the Puerto Rico authorities to check on the situation, and have set up links for members to obtain full factual information,” wrote Martin Sirk, ICCA CEO, in an e-mail update to all attendees. “Previous Dengue outbreaks have not affected travel to the island, and this recent outbreak should not impact this year's ICCA Congress in any way. The advance Congress organizing team is already on site in San Juan, as am I, and I can report that normal conference and tourism activity is entirely unaffected.
The Puerto Rico Local Host Committee has created a Web site with the very latest factual information available to all delegates,” said Sirk.
To minimize mosquitoes, the Puerto Rico Department of Health is fumigating popular public areas daily and has launched a public education campaign to distribute information across the Island with the necessary precautions to help avoid mosquito bites and how to treat them if bitten. Hotel properties on the island are also implementing their own measures and are taking extra steps to make their accommodations mosquito-free, according to the Web site.