What to know about the Zika virus and how to avoid it

Health officials are warning that pregnant women and people who are at high risk for the virus should avoid travel to Zika-affected areas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning on Friday for pregnant women, noting that the virus is transmitted through sexual contact, sexual contact with an infected person, or exposure through an aerosol or inhalation.

The agency also said that the Zika-associated dengue virus, which is also transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, should be avoided.

The virus can be spread through close contact with blood, saliva, sweat, vomit or tears, the CDC said.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed to Zika virus, the baby’s immune system should be tested, the agency said.

The CDC says that if a pregnant women is not able to get the Zika vaccine, she or he should be advised to seek care at home and be tested if a rash, fever or other symptoms appear.

The CDC also said the CDC is advising women to wear long pants and long sleeves at home, avoid exposing skin to the sun, and wash their hands frequently.

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