When the CDC announced that 1 out of 5 Puerto Ricans (700,000 people) would contract the Zika virus in 2016, the news swept through the island.
So far, there has been no drastic Zika crisis…but thanks to the CDC announcement, the tourism industry has been affected. It all started with the Pittsburgh Pirates…
On May 6, the US Major League Baseball announced that due to “Zika concerns,” the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins were moving their planned May 30-31 series from Puerto Rico to Miami.
Then reports began to circulate, that Hollywood stars were refusing to film in Puerto Rico, due to the Zika reports.
Then two days ago, on May 12, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced that close to half the participants in an upcoming October 17-21 WBO conference had cancelled their trip, again because of Zika.
With Puerto Rico teetering on bankruptcy, every tourist dollar becomes more vital to the island economy. The CDC caused this panic response with its prediction of “700,000 Puerto Ricans with Zica.”
At the very least, the US congress could approve some Zika funds for Puerto Rico. If the CDC is killing the island’s tourist industry, with an as-yet unfounded prediction, then the very least the US government could do, is provide some public health funds for this plague which they predicted.
So far, the only “plague” in Puerto Rico has been on the thousands of small businesses, that depend on the tourist trade for their survival.
In the last month alone…professional baseball, professional boxing, and Hollywood film productions have backed out of Puerto Rico.
This Zika situation must be clarified ASAP…before a domino effect sets in… before more companies, and more tourists, abandon their plans to visit Puerto Rico.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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