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    CDC announced that US citizens should practice enhanced precautions while travelling to Peru due to the spread of the Zika virus in the country.

    Aedes aegypti mosquitos are photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San Salvador
    © AFP 2020 / Marvin RECINOS
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US citizens should practice enhanced precautions while travelling to Peru due to the spread of the Zika virus in the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in a statement on Thursday.

    "Local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Peru," the warning stated. "CDC recommends that travelers to Peru protect themselves from mosquito bites."

    The US health agency has warned Americans against travelling to more than 30 countries as the Zika virus has been linked to brain defects in newborn babies.

    The current Zika virus outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015 and has since spread across Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of the United States. Cases have been also reported in several European countries and Asia.

    In December 2015, Puerto Rico became the first US territory to report local transmission of the Zika virus, which has been associated with several health conditions, like a temporary paralysis known as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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    Zika Virus, travel warning, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Peru, United States
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