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    CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba
    BY JESSICA PLAUTZ

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added Cuba to its list of
    countries and territories where Zika virus is spreading after a local
    case was confirmed.

    The first case of local transmission of Zika virus in the country was
    confirmed Tuesday: State media reported a 21-year-old Havana woman who
    had not traveled outside of Cuba was diagnosed after suffering symptoms
    of Zika, NBC News reported.

    Cuba was one of a handful of countries that had previously only reported
    cases contracted while traveling abroad.

    SEE ALSO: Entering the Cuban time machine: An American visits the
    once-forbidden country

    The CDC advises that pregnant women should postpone trips to countries
    with active Zika virus transmission, and that women planning to become
    pregnant should speak to their doctor before the trip. Sexual
    transmission of Zika virus has increasingly been reported, and CDC has
    also said men who travel to countries affected by Zika should use
    protection if having sex with a partner who is or may become pregnant.

    Cuba’s addition to CDC’s list of travel notices comes as President Obama
    has lifted many of the restrictions on Americans wishing to travel there.

    While tourism is still banned — and will be until Congress acts — the
    barriers to entry are falling rapidly. U.S. airlines are planning to
    offer commercial flights by the fall. Americans need only fill out a
    form that says their trip is for educational purposes, and not tourism.

    SEE ALSO: Risk of a U.S. Zika virus outbreak may be highest in southern
    Texas and South Florida

    In a recent survey by TripAdvisor, 62% of U.S. respondents said they
    were interested in booking a trip to Cuba, and 25% said they plan to
    take a trip in the next 12 months.

    Eleven percent said they are more interested in booking a trip knowing
    President Obama is visiting the country March 20-22.

    Prior to the confirmed local case, Cuba had already assigned resources
    to combating Zika: More than 9,000 soldiers, police and university
    students are part of an effort to eliminate mosquitoes through
    fumigation and reducing standing water.

    The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for spreading Zika virus.

    Source: CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba –
    mashable.com/2016/03/19/zika-virus-confirmed-in-cuba/#ElTqHbSZiaqQ

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