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Second Zika virus case appears in San Francisco

"Here in NY at least 60 confirmed cases".

A virus can be introduced to a new region when a local mosquito picks it up from an infected human - someone coming back from a holiday in South America, for example. "We need to just keep in mind to wear our long-sleeve shirts and trousers to cover exposed skin, use U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents because those are safe for pregnant women, and not leave our doors open rather always use our screens on our house", Hurst said. To help stop the spread of zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites. "There is a cycle or chain of events that can cause the spread of disease in multiple ways."Hale doesn't believe there will be a big Zika outbreak in the USA, but "it is something people should be aware of", she said, noting that the US has better mosquito control than other countries, which should help fight back against any outbreak.The CDC says there is no known vaccine for the disease".

"There are guys who are uncomfortable engaging in the lifestyle changes being recommended by the CDC", he continued.

The Zika Virus is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

The new guidelines are part of the unfolding story around the Zika virus.

The CDC has confirmed Zika virus causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. With recent outbreaks in USA territories and popular Latin American destinations, the CDC expects the number of cases among travelers to increase. Officials said no Aedes mosquitos have been found in San Francisco. "But at the same time, our health and the health of our families is paramount".

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"Avoid unnecessary travel to affected countries", he said. Schumer said funds could be used to provide for mosquito control programs across the country.

"We do not have a recommendation to not become pregnant", Frieden said. "It's an interesting situation that we're getting constant feedback from the CDC, doctors, experts, and it keeps blowing up bigger and bigger", he added.

Currently, federal health officials recommend that pregnant women avoid areas where Zika is being actively transmitted by mosquitoes. Once infected, a person is most likely immune to future infections. Those who contract Zika might experience fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis. For now, that basically means people who have traveled to or lived in Latin America or the Caribbean. Thirty-three of the cases occurred during a pregnancy and eight were thought to be sexually transmitted.

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is director of the CDC's Division of Public Health Information and Dissemination. She encourages people, especially pregnant women, to be vigilant about mosquito bites. "That's one of the key questions we really want to answer". In the "mini-brains" - no larger than the head of a pin and meant to mimic a fetus early in the first trimester - the Zika virus attacked neural progenitor cells, the cells that allow the brain to continue growing.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed the state's first three cases of Zika virus on January 18. The administration reluctantly transferred nearly $600 million in previously appropriated funds to take on Zika, but says more money is still needed.

But the San Francisco Department of Public Health was quick to announced that there was no risk to others.

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