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ADH to travelers: protect yourself from Zika

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(KAIT) -

As traveling season gets closer, the Arkansas Department of Health is urging vacationers from the Natural State to protect themselves from the Zika virus.

An ADH news release states those traveling to Central and South America and the Caribbean should take precautions against the virus.

The best course of action, according to ADH, is to protect against mosquito bites since that is the primarily how the virus is spread.

However, Zika can also be sexually transmitted by a man who has the virus. It is unknown if a woman with the virus can transmit it to a partner.

Women with a partner who has Zika should abstain from sex or use condoms to help prevent it from spreading, according to ADH.

The agency notes that one out of five people who get Zika actually show symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes. Other symptoms may include muscle pain or headache.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states there could be a link between pregnant women who have Zika and babies born with microcephaly, a birth defect connected to incomplete brain growth.

For updates on Zika and travel areas, click here.

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