Turks and Caicos Officials Working to Bring Virus Outbreak to an End
June 22, 2012

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, June 22nd, 2012: The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board would like to advise the traveling public that that the Ministry of Health and Education (MOHE) and the Environmental Health Department (EHD) have continued their work to address the recent outbreak of  norovirus that has been occurring at several hotels on the island of Providenciales. The Board is also pleased to report that since the commencement of this collaborative work by these Government agencies and with technical assistance from the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), there has been a decline in the number of new cases.

The health authorities and all affected properties are working together in a systematic way to further reduce the spread of norovirus and to eliminate it from our shores.  In the interim, the Tourist Board would like to remind our visitor and resident population to follow all health and sanitary guidelines promoted by health officials’ especially frequent hand washing with soap and water.  Should you experience any of the symptoms of gastroenteritis (diarrhea, vomiting and or stomach cramps) please report immediately to local Public Health officials and or a doctor.  All resorts, restaurants, airports, seaports and auxiliary businesses are open and providing services to residents and visitors alike.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands remains an idyllic place for a vacation for all travelers, notwithstanding the difficult past few weeks with the norovirus outbreak that challenged several properties in our country,” said Ralph Higgs, the Director of Tourism.  “We want to reassure the traveling public that the destination is safe and ready to welcome all to our shores.”

The TCI Government, Tourist Board and the TCHTA websites should be relied upon as the official sources of information on this subject.  Visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com or www.turksandcaicohta.com for updates.  Additionally the public may contact local medical authorities with questions or concerns with regards to the virus.  They can be reached via Email: TCI.health@gmail.com or Telephone649-941-8316.

Our Islands remain open for business, across the length and breadth of our archipelago

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