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Tour Operator: Yellow Fever Scare Hasn't Affected Tourism to Latin America

March 17, 2008 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor Travel Agent

According to published reports in late February, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the first cases, nine to be exact, of yellow fever in an urban area of Latin America in six decades. The outbreak of the mosquito-born disease was confirmed in Asuncion, Paraguay. Tour operator Avanti Destinations, which specializes in Latin America tours, says the scare hasn't deterred travelers from visiting the region, but caution is necessary. "Basically, travel to South America remains strong - it is a great travel value, especially recently and there is lots to see and do," says Harry Dalgaard, president, Avanti Destinations. "The yellow fever concern at this time relates to certain areas only. However, Avanti is advising its clients that a bit of caution is in order. For certain areas, a yellow fever shot is mandatory. For other areas it is recommended, but not mandatory. Just as is the case with many other travel destinations, getting a precautionary shot before leaving is a great idea - and vacationers can enjoy the country without concern." (JP)

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