CDC issues travel alert for pregnant women over Zika virus

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The CDC has issued a travel alert for pregnant women and women planning pregnancy who are traveling to certain countries where the Zika has been reported.

The list of countries are: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

The Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and cannot be spread from person to person.

While the symptoms include mild fever, rash, joint pain and pink eye, the CDC says there are concerns of the virus potentially leading to severe birth defects.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and traveling to one of these countries, the CDC recommends postponing your trip. Or, if you must travel to one of these areas, you should talk to your doctor beforehand and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.

The CDC says four in five people who acquire Zika infection may have no symptoms.

More information from the CDC here.

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