Florida Officials Go Into Damage-Control Mode Over Zika

AP — TAMPA, Fla. — Thank goodness it’s the slow season in Florida.

At least that’s what officials and representatives of the state’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 15 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighborhood in Miami.

The outbreak has sent another chill through the Sunshine State’s all-important tourism industry just weeks after the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at nearby Walt Disney World.

Florida officials have gone into damage-control mode, with Gov. Rick Scott insisting, “We have a safe state!” during a tour of the Zika hot zone in Miami’s Wynwood district.

Tourism is Florida’s biggest industry. Visitors spent some $89 billion here last year. And Disney is America’s No. 1 tourist attraction.

Outside of a few business owners in the affected square-mile neighborhood, however, Zika appears to have done little damage to tourism so far.

“We have not had anyone cancel a trip to Florida because of Zika,” said Jenny Cagle, vice president of Elm Grove Travel in Wisconsin. “It’s definitely a conversation. People are talking about it.”

Demetra Prattas, vice president of Turon Travel, a New York-based company that books art tours and trips, including the annual Art Basel festival that includes events in Wynwood, said: “I don’t think it’s a factor in deciding where to go. We’ve had no cancellations.”



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  1. It appears many people living in the 21st century have never heard the word logic, let alone define it’s meaning. As I see it, the disappearance of the word logic didn’t happen by accident. The U.S. Government educational system has been directed at students to believe and accept what they are told…and, do not question. Truly lacking in education since the 50’s, LOGIC. kb

    “When I attended college, I was fortunate to have a professor who taught logic, and taught it in a way that appealed to the minds of his students. In other words, for those of us who cared, we could not only absorb the subject matter, we could think with it; for example, we could approach an area of knowledge and track it back to its most basic premises. And then we could check those premises and see whether they were true and correct. If they were incorrect, we could then challenge many accepted notions that followed from those basic untruths.”

    “For example: Let’s consider HIV, the purported cause of AIDS. Independent reporter Christine Johnson conducted a magnificent and shocking rabbit-hole interview with Dr. Eleni Papadopulos, “a biophysicist and leader of a group of HIV/AIDS scientists from Perth in Western Australia.
    Does HIV Exist? Eleni Papadopulos (EP): There is no proof that HIV causes AIDS. CJ: Why not? EP: For many reasons, but most importantly, because there is no proof that HIV exists. ”

    “Another example: SARS. In 2003, this “dreaded epidemic” swept across the world. Quickly, it became apparent it was a dud.”

    “What Eleni Papadopulos is saying about HIV could apply to any virus — including zika.”

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