According to the Minister of Health Juan Lorenzo Ortegon Pacheco, the State of Quintana Roo, (where Cancun is located) hasn’t reported any cases of the Zika virus in tourists or locals up to today. Quintana Roo remains free of this virus and continues to work towards maintaining this status.
On January 18, The National Center of Prevention Programs and Disease Control (CENAPRECE) issued a “Declaration of Epidemiologic Emergency EE-1-2016 for all Mexican states in response to the occurrence of the Zika virus to strengthen and reinforce medical care and clinical management, prevention, promotion and control of the disease in order to reduce the disease’s impact among the population, especially among pregnant women.”
CENAPRECE is the only entity authorized to issue emergency and epidemiological alerts. The recommended measures were drafted in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) alert and are of preventive nature.
The Minister stated that “these protocols are required procedures so that health institutions are able to execute and put in place preventive measures, and is not in any way an “epidemiologic alert” or directed exclusively to the State of Quintana Roo.” He also mentioned that Zika should be treated with the same dedication, prevention measures and vigilance as cases of dengue or chikungunya; strongly encouraging citizens to take preventive actions.
The minister of health, also informed that there are currently 448 specialists fighting against diseases caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, equipped with 57 vehicles, 52 ULV machines, 102 backpack sprayers, 35 thermal mosquito foggers, 12 manual sprayers and 26 Hudson sprayers. In this regard, the Federal Health Minister Mercedes Juan Lopez recommended that the general population take precautionary measures, especially in Chiapas, to avoid the transmission of this disease.
Preventative actions taken by the hospitality industry in major tourist destinations of Quintana Roo are as follows:
•Strengthen mosquito fogging efforts, with ecological products authorized by the Ministry of Health.
•Implementation of Hygienic-Sanitary Prevention Programs like Cristal and Distintivo H.
•Relay specific instructions to housekeeping personnel to keep bedroom doors closed during service, using door hangers as an indicator when service is being performed.
•Have mosquito repellent available for guests, either in rooms or for sale in hotel stores.
•Provide information and recommendation to guests in the concierge area.
•Provide specific information and recommendations to hotel employees.
•Constant communication with the corresponding authorities.