A word about Zika

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

If you are considering a vacation south of the northeast United States – in Florida, Puerto Rico, and beyond – you may be concerned about the possibility of Zika in your travels.

To alleviate your concerns in regards to cases in Turks & Caicos, we wanted to provide you with important information.  The number of TCI cases are limited to only five and do not affect Pine Cay.  By contrast many other Caribbean countries are being challenged and work hard to contain this.  In Florida there are 27 cases and in California there 382 cases.  With over 1,800 in the USA, the focus of a vacation should be to visit a place that is still Zika-free, and also practice wise choices such as using repellent and covering up in the evenings.  On Pine Cay, we manage the entire island and are able to action measures to limit the possibility of future problems.

Our guests, and their health, is always of utmost importance to us.  We are proud to say we continue to remain Zika-free.  Further we are blessed with natural breezes, which help minimize mosquito behavior.

Pine Cay Action Plan in place for this year:

  • No containers with collected water
  • Keep the gutters cleaned to prevent standing water
  • Trim back the foliage around the resorts and rooms
  • Treat puddles after a large rain to destroy larvae
  • Operate 3 mosquito magnets around the pool and between the guest room buildings; purchasing a few more to place strategically
  • Golf cart equipped with a mosquito fogger to go around the island
  • All guest rooms are supplied with OFF as a mosquito repellent
  • Suggest long sleeved shirts and pants, especially in the evenings

What is Zika?

Zika is a viral illness, which is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is found throughout the Americas. Most persons who contract Zika are often not aware that they have the illness as they may not have any symptoms. Symptoms of Zika are similar to Dengue and Chikungunya and appear between four to seven days after someone has been bitten by an infected mosquito. These symptoms include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), and muscle or joint pain.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we urge you to speak with our General Manager, Debbie Keller.  You can reach her at or 888-286-7993.