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Do you need to worry about the Zika virus in Southern California?

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Zika is primarily spread through this mosquito species, Aedes aegypti.

The Zika virus has spread across Latin America and now cases have shown up in the United States. Do you need to worry about it in Southern California?

In El Salvador, health officials are now warning women not to get pregnant for at least the next two years. This due to concerns about possible birth defects linked to the Zika virus.

Other countries throughout the Americas have issued similar warnings. And yesterday, President Obama made an urgent call for more testing and the development of vaccines as the mosquito-born virus spreads throughout the Americas.

So far, no one is believed to have contracted the Zika virus in the U.S., but a few cases have been confirmed in California, including one girl in L.A. County who got it while traveling in El Salvador. 

Do you need to worry about traveling if you're also planning on getting pregnant? What do you need to look out for?

Alex Cohen speaks with Dr. Karin Nielsen, a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

To hear the entire interview click on the link embedded at the top of this post.

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