LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -At a press conference on Tuesday, doctors at UK HealthCare urged Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites this summer, and to be aware of travel warnings and developing information regarding the Zika virus.
Doctors say that although the threat of infection is low for Kentuckians not traveling to areas with active Zika, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to provide updates and if locally transmitted cases are found in the U.S., the risk could increase.
The Zika virus is an infectious disease spread through mosquito bites or through sexual contact with someone with the Zika virus. Currently, Zika virus transmission is ongoing in many Caribbean and Central and South American countries.
Although many people who contract Zika have mild or no symptoms, pregnant women are at high risk for complications because the virus has been linked to microcephaly, a neurological disorder characterized by an abnormally small head and potentially fatal developmental issues in newborns.
For more information on Zika, go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.