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ICANN cancels Panama due to Zika virus

Kevin Murphy, February 5, 2016, 22:30:00 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN has cancelled its upcoming meeting in Panama City, Panama, due to the Zika virus.

ICANN hasn’t officially announced the move yet, but ICANN insiders and several community members are saying that the meeting venue is being changed to a currently undecided country.

Zika is that virus you’ve probably been hearing about on the news that reportedly makes babies’ brains not develop properly. Thousands of kids are believed to have been affected by it in South and Central America

It’s spread by mosquitoes, but this week there were reports of it being also passed between human sexual partners.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has declared a “war” on the responsible mosquitoes, and the World Health Organization has declared it a “global public emergency.”

It’s not yet obvious whether ICANN has cancelled the meeting due to the risk of mosquito bites or the risk of Zika being spread by shagging.

ICANN was due to meet in Panama City, Panama for ICANN 56 between June 27 and June 30.


Comments (3)

  1. Rubens Kuhl says:

    Now officially published at

  2. Andrew says:

    Wow. I thought this was a Domaingang article. Seriously?

    • Acro says:

      Andrew, DG actually broke this news to the domain community.

      Over 80% of all articles on DG are current news on the domain industry and social media, the rest being parody stories.

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