In an effort to combat the Zika virus, Kauai Tourism Corporation (KTVC) launched its Health Tourism Initiative (HIT) program.
This program provides free and discounted travel and accommodations for people experiencing or recovering from Zika-related health problems.
The program also includes a variety of educational materials, including a video tour of Kauai.KTVL will provide an additional 5,000 rooms in hotels, condominiums, and other accommodation during the HIT, which runs from July 10 to Aug. 3.
Kauai has seen a recent surge in visitors.
On July 10, the Kauai County Health Department recorded 2,821 visitors and the county recorded 618 new cases of Zika in July, which is the highest level for the county since early March.
KTVI was launched after the county reported an unprecedented number of cases and deaths of local residents.
According to the Kaua’i County Department of Health, nearly half of the county’s patients with Zika were adults over the age of 25 and more than 70 percent were white.
For more information about HIT, visit www.kauatidemics.com.
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