SAA continues flying to Brazil despite virus outbreak
- Thursday, 04 February 2016
- By South African Government News Agency
Pretoria - South African Airways (SAA) will continue to fly between Johannesburg and Sao Paolo, in Brazil, after the World Health Organization concluded that there is no justification to impose a travel ban due to the outbreak of the Zika virus.
“SAA would like to notify its customers that the airline will continue to offer a daily service between Johannesburg and Sao Paolo in Brazil after the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded there was no justification to impose a travel ban to Latin America and the Caribbean due to the outbreak of the Zika virus,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.
At a meeting last week, the WHO’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on the Zika virus concluded that the outbreak of the virus is a “public health emergency of international concern” but saw no health justification to restrict travel and trade in areas affected by the virus.
“It is strongly recommended that travellers take the necessary precaution and consult with their medical or healthcare practitioners for advice,” said the airline.