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US Health Agency Issues Travel Alert for 11 Southeast Asian Countries

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Doctors wearing surgical masks

Doctors wearing surgical masks. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr./Released.

US citizens should consider putting off their trips to Southeast Asia because of the risk of contracting the Zika virus in 11 countries in the region, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in a statement on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. The virus is transmitted by infected Aedes species of mosquitos and produces no visible effects on adults, however, the disease can cause severe brain defects to unborn babies.

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