Zika warning for Brownsville, Texas, USA

Following reports of Zika virus infections in 5 people in the Brownsville area who were infected by local mosquitoes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Brownsville, Texas, because of the risk of contracting Zika.

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Advice For Travellers

Overall, the risk of exposure to the Zika virus in the USA is very low and limited to to specific areas in southern Florida and this new area in Texas. The risk of exposure for the general traveller in any particular location is difficult to estimate since so many infected people have no symptoms and are not recorded officially. There may be many infected people in the community. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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