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For countries that depend on tourism, the economic cost of a dengue outbreak can be substantial. Afraid of catching the virus, tourists and their dollars stay away. But where are tourists learning about dengue outbreaks? Why are they staying away? And what is the real economic impact of a dengue outbreak? Let’s explore how dengue is affecting tourism.
We live in a world where tourists looking for a relaxing break have access to a wealth of information about their destinations. They simply turn to the web to find out about their planned destination. With search engines able to quickly gather information from many different sources, they quickly learn about any a dengue outbreak. The web also helps them learn not only about the virus itself but also how to minimize the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito, what symptoms to look out for and much more.