On March 10th a BANKO correspondent contacted travel companies that sent their tourists to exotic resorts of the Indian Ocean – Mauritius and the Seychelles due to the information regarding the outbreak of the so called chikungunya virus. Having interviewed representatives of eight travel companies, the BANKO correspondent found out that none of them think that the information about the virus in mass media will affect the demand. For example, Irina Gutara, who has recently returned from a fam trip to Mauritius, said: ‘yes, the disease has spread on the Reunion Island. But to travel there tourists need a French visa, therefore the resort is not popular with Russian tourists. Besides, chikungunya has symptoms of the flu and is cured by standard medicine. As for Mauritius, the situation is stable there, except the information about ten cases of infection. Just in case our tourists take insect repellents with them as the fever is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito’.
However, according to official Mauritius sources, 800 cases of chikungunya were registered. Nevertheless, according to Mauritius official website, the situation is under control. 100, 000 liters of insecticide were bought to prevent the spread of the infection.
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