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Cheapflights sees signs of recovery for Zika-hit areas after 13 per cent average drop in searches

Leading global flight search and deals publishing website reports that demand for Zika-hit travel hotspots is returning to normal, after a dip in searches on the website of, on average, 13 per cent during the first few weeks of 2016. 

Phil Bloomfield of said: "Searches for British travellers' favourite destinations with a Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advisory about the Zika virus are climbing again after slowing during the early weeks of 2016, when reports of the condition were confirmed. The first week of February, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) made its announcement, saw the most noticeable shift, especially for countries popular with British travellers including Barbados, Brazil and the Dominican Republic."

He added: "During that time, we saw a spike in searches to the more traditional British holiday favourites, like Southern Spain, Portugal and Greece.  More recently, we can see that confidence in the Zika-affected areas is returning, potentially thanks to the clear health advice from FCO and WHO." 

Bloomfield added: "In accordance with FCO advice, we’d urge travellers should be scrupulous about anti-mosquito measures. Always apply a good insect repellent including DEET, cover your skin - especially around mid-morning and late-afternoon, and remember to put the repellent on after your sunscreen. Check with your accommodation provider about their anti-mosquito measures and remain vigilant."

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