Dengue fever concerns over ICCA congress

The Puerto Rico Department of Health has declared a dengue fever epidemic in the country, ahead of the International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) Congress next week.

As more than 700 delegates prepare to attend the congress from 20-24 October at the Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rosselló in San Juan, an official ICCA announcement has stated that the outbreak "should not impact this year's ICCA Congress in any way."

ICCA CEO, Martin Sirk, said: "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.

"In summary, these are the key issues: Dengue outbreaks occur from time to time throughout this region of the world, but the health authorities in Puerto Rico have well practiced procedures for tackling the problem, and good public information is made available.

"The areas directly affected on this occasion are not close to where ICCA activities are taking place, but some members are taking pre- and post-congress trips to other areas of the island so should check the health authority information about where they will be travelling.

"Dengue is transmitted only by mosquito bite, so ICCA and our local hosts are making sure that adequate supplies of mosquito repellent will be available throughout the congress, and we will be reminding the delegates about the importance of applying this protection.

"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 organising 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 website with the latest factual information available for delegates.

For the latest information, click here

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