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Spring Breakers Warned About Dangers of Zika Virus

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It’s spring break time, and Oklahomans are being cautioned to take steps to try and avoid mosquito bites if traveling to certain locations. The Caribbean, Latin and South America are experiencing Zika Virus outbreaks. Tulsa County Health Department Epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli says if heading that direction, be cautious, and maybe consider an alternate destination. The three reported cases of Zika in Oklahoma are all in people who recently traveled to countries where outbreaks of the virus are prevalent.

Zika has been linked to birth defects, so pregnant women are being urged to avoid travel to areas where there is a Zika epidemic.