US warns of Zika risk in Cuba ahead of Obama’s trip
By JOSH LEDERMAN
Mar. 19, 2016 2:47 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning of the risk of Zika virus
in Cuba just as President Barack Obama heads to the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s adding Cuba to
its travel notice for Zika. The notice warns travelers they are at risk
of contracting the virus.
Zika is spread though bites from a specific mosquito and is believed to
carry particular risk for birth defects. The CDC advises pregnant women
not to travel to places with Zika.
Obama heads to Cuba on Sunday on a three-day trip. It’s the first trip
to the country by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years.
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