MIAMI - Tuesday was another busy day inside the Jerry Allen Travel Agency in Aventura, but in recent weeks, some clients have had a sudden change of heart over their previously booked summer vacations.
"Most people that I book, they are changing their vacation toward places that don't have Zika," corporate travel agent Moises Wertheimer said.
The mosquito-borne illness is hitting parts of the Caribbean and South America especially hard.
So far, all of the 206 Zika cases reported in Florida have been contracted elsewhere, with the exception of at least one case that was transmitted sexually.
Still, the threat that the disease poses to pregnant women -- causing possible deformities in newborns -- is just too much of a risk for some travelers.
"Actually, I have somebody that was going to South America as a family because they have a wedding," Wertheimer said. "She didn't go, but the family went. She just stayed home in Miami because of Zika."
Mindy Hardoon of Jerry Allen Travel urges people to purchase insurance when they plan vacations to ensure that they get their money back if they cancel.
Hardoon, who manages the travel agency, said it's not just Zika that gives her travelers pause, but a turbulent election year in the U.S, not to mention some economic and political challenges in Venezuela caused by a volatile government.
"People have canceled a lot. Sales have gone down," Hardoon said.
Airfares to practically every destination around the globe have dipped to record levels, and the number of airline passengers is through the roof.
So it seems that people are being smart about where they choose to go.
"They'll look for other options, because if you want to go on a vacation, you're going to go," Wertheimer said.
The Florida Department of Health said symptoms of the Zika virus last between seven and 10 days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus typically causes a mild rash, fever and joint pain. Only one in five people infected with the virus are symptomatic.
Below is a list of Florida counties with patients who have contracted the Zika virus in other countries.
Alachua County - 4 cases
Brevard County - 4 cases
Broward County - 27 cases
Clay County - 2 cases
Collier County - 2 cases
Duval County - 1 case
Escambia County - 1 case
Hillsborough County - 5 cases
Highlands County - 1 case
Lee County - 5 cases
Martin County - 1 case
Miami-Dade County - 59 cases
Orange County - 15 cases
Osceola County - 6 cases
Palm Beach County - 12 cases
Pasco County - 2 cases
Pinellas County - 6 cases
Polk County - 3 cases
Santa Rosa County - 1 case
Seminole County - 6 cases
St. Johns County - 2 cases
Volusia County - 2 cases
*Cases involving pregnant women - 39
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