Watch Chita Rivera Support Puerto Rico in New Video

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The Broadway favorite helps her native Puerto Rico in its mission to fight Zika with fact rather than fear.
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Chita Rivera Laura Marie Duncan

Two-time Tony winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Chita Rivera, most recently on Broadway in the new musical The Visit, has put her support behind the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) and its effort to allay travelers’ fears about the Zika virus in Puerto Rico and provide factual information to help travelers make informed decisions.

In collaboration with the PRTC, Rivera, who appeared in the original cast of West Side Story and who takes great pride in her Puerto Rican heritage, recorded a video recalling her experiences in Puerto Rico, highlighting some of the things she loves about the island and encouraging travelers to set aside fear and visit the jewel of the Caribbean.

“I chose and choose Puerto Rico to visit and live,” Rivera said, “because of its beauty, music, rainforest, food, casinos, first class resorts, restaurants, and of course, it's warm and welcoming people…and it’s only three hours away from New York!” Regarding the Zika virus, the Broadway favorite suggests that “you can take the proper precautions: apply insect repellent carefully, keep screen doors and windows closed, and keep the air conditioning on. As long as you’re not pregnant, or trying to conceive, you have nothing to fear from the Zika virus.”

Watch the video below:

To find out more about what the PRTC and its partners are doing to fight Zika in Puerto Rico, visit

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