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CDC: If you're pregnant, don't travel to the Miami area

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning expecting moms and their partners not to travel to a Miami, Florida, neighborhood because of Zika virus concerns.

CNN calls this travel warning "unprecedented." It's the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to a neighborhood in the United States due to an infections disease, the publication says.

The Zika virus, which can be transmitted by mosquitoes and through sex, is known to cause severe birth defects if the virus is contracted during pregnancy, according to the CDC.

This travel warning comes after 10 more people were found to have contracted the virus from local mosquitoes, CNN adds. This is in addition to the four cases health officials announced Friday.

The area with known active transmissions of Zika virus is just north of downtown Miami, a news release says. Here's a map:

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Avoid travel, get tested

Pregnant women who have lived in or traveled to this neighborhood on or after June 15 (the earliest known date that one of the people infected could have been infected with Zika) should talk with their doctor and should be tested for Zika, the CDC recommends.

Other recommendations include:

  • Any person who is a sexual partner of a pregnant woman and lives or has traveled to the Miami area should "consistently and correctly use condoms" or abstain from sex throughout their partner's pregnancy.
  • Women and men who traveled to the neighborhood should wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant, while men with symptoms of Zika should wait at least six months before trying for a pregnancy.
  • Anyone who may have been exposed to Zika virus should be tested.
  • Anyone who lives in areas with Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes – especially pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant – should protect against mosquito bites. (Click here for information on where these types of mosquitoes live.)

For more information on the Zika virus, visit the CDC's website here. For information on Zika and Minnesota, visit the state Department of Health's website here.

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