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Your Healthy Family: Zika Virus

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The governor of Florida has declared a health emergency in four counties there, after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness were detected.     
Though its symptoms are generally mild, the concern about the Zika virus is mainly for pregnant women.  
Brazil has seen a 20-fold higher incidence of the birth defect microcephaly as cases of Zika soared. 
It leads to smaller heads and less developed brains in babies.
The link isn't proven, but officials are concerned. Some countries in the region have advised women to delay pregnancy, and the CDC advises pregnant women to delay travel to those areas where Zika is spreading. 
The US has had more than 30 cases reported, but they've been among travelers to the more than 20 affected countries in Central and South America. 
"We have to have a healthy respect for this virus but I don't think we have to be unduly alarmed just yet," said Paul Roepe, Georgetown University Medical Center. 
While there's no treatment or vaccine for Zika available now, work is underway.
Some officials say a vaccine likely won't be ready for several years, so the best bet if you're traveling to areas affected is to protect against mosquitoes.

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