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(BVI News) Government officials yesterday convened a major meeting on Tortola as they devised strategies to collaboratively respond to the mosquito infestation which this week resulted in the British Virgin Islands confirming a total of five cases of the Zika virus in Havers as well as Cane Garden Bay which is frequently visited by tourists.

Stakeholders in the tourism industry are hoping there will not be any major fallout, and the BVI Tourist Board said visitors entering the territory will be warned to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Marketing Manager at the BVI Tourist Board Keith Dawson indicated that, in special cases, visitors will be asked to stay away from areas with many confirmed cases of the Zika virus.

“Pregnant women and those who intend to be pregnant will be warned to avoid those areas. Those who would be traveling are expected to protect themselves in order to reduce the risk,” Dawson said.

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