Concern over travel grows as Zika cases reach 82 in US

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With the number of confirmed Zika cases in the United States reaching 82, there is now growing concerns over travel.

What’s usually a busy time at AAA is the slowest Deborah Turner has seen in her 20 years in the travel business.

“The concerns that we have now is the Zika virus, the economy, terrorism and the election year,” Turner told News 2.

People are changing their travel plans following advice by the Centers for Disease Control.

“They are cancelling and rescheduling. Most of our vendors are giving credits to anyone who has scheduled a trip to those destinations,” Turner, who is a travel agent with AAA, explained.

The CDC is urging women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future, to consider postponing vacations to areas affected by the Zika virus.

“The main concern is women of child-bearing ages, if they were to contract that it could cause birth defects,” said Turner.

On the flipside, Turner told News 2 that travel providers are responding to market concerns by cutting prices, offering some of the best valued vacation packages in a while.

“We are seeing really great rates and discounts,” she said.

Traveling by car is already a good option with gas prices at a seven-year low, but now people can find good deals across the board with discounts to areas like the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

“They are finding that they are having to do a little bit more to get visitors to their destinations,” said Turner.

A total of 14 cases of the Zika virus have been spread through sex in the U.S.

At this point, there is only one confirmed case of the Zika virus in Tennessee.

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