With a 45 percent poverty rate and staggering debt of $70 billion, Puerto Rico was already in dire straits. Now add 19 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The World Health Organization has described the virus, which is associated with severe birth defects in babies born to infected mothers, as "explosive." Given the ongoing transmission of Zika in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel warning, recommending that pregnant women in any trimester postpone travel to the island and other locations experiencing outbreaks.
Those airlines declined to comment on the exact number of people who canceled trips to Puerto Rico, but it's likely that many passengers took advantage of the opportunity to change their plans.