Travel Agents: Be cautious about Zika virus but don't panic

Travel agents: Be cautious about Zika virus but don't panic

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As talk of the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreads, travel company officials said people are being cautious when it comes to travel, but not panicking.

Zika affected areas are popular destinations for south Louisiana travelers and honeymooners. At this point, Zika virus is a primary concern for couples who may be thinking about starting a family or women who may be pregnant. Experts are investigating to see if the virus is causing birth defects.

Leann Fullerton owns Geauxing Places, a travel company in Denham Springs, Louisiana. She said right now, the word is caution.

"You just want to make sure that you're prepared," Fullerton said. "You want to make sure that you put your sunscreen on and then your repellent over the top of that."

Cruise companies and airlines are offering to work with customers who may have concerns about traveling to affected areas, which include Brazil, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean.

Fullerton and several other area travel agents said they have not had anyone, including young couples, cancel just yet.

"I would not tell them to not go on their honeymoon. I would tell them to check with their healthcare provider just to make sure and see if there's anything extra they wanted to add, but don't be afraid at this point," Fullerton added.

The CDC reports there are 30 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission.

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