8 May 2016
Dear ACHTUS Family,
We are less than one month from our 28th annual colloquia in San Juan, Puerto Rico and registration is now closed.
A debt of gratitude goes out to all those who have been supportive of the colloquia through your timeliness, your generosity or collegial support.
For those going to San Juan access to a Drop Box will be sent via list serve with access to the papers. As you may know, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has declared a Level 2 Alert for Puerto Rico with regard to the ZIKA VIRUS alert which means that one should “PRACTICE ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS.” The CDC has an entire page on what this means at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-puerto-rico . Obviously, we must heed the warnings and be prepared, but I assure you that the Caribe Hilton sits on a little peninsula surrounded by the Ocean and therefore is not a favored place for mosquitos since they cannot tolerate salt, nor navigate in strong winds. The Property managers at the Hilton are also very mindful of the mosquito problem and treat the areas surrounding the hotel as a precautionary measure. So the Hotel will be a safe place to be in San Juan at this time. That said, if you will be exploring San Juan on your free time please bring mosquito repellent, or Avon Skin So Soft (a cream which as a secondary effect is a DEET Free repellent); reduce your skin exposure by wear long sleeve shirts and pants and by all means use common sense during your free time and avoid venturing into the Rain Forest or other wooded areas where the mosquito populations are the greatest.
I look forward to seeing you in San Juan,
Dr. Elsie M. Miranda
President Elect, ACHTUS
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