Your chances of contracting the Zika Virus are slim, unless you are traveling to a warm place where it is already established.  That is the message from the Madison County Health Department, which keeps an eye on public health threats year-round.  Since the Zika Virus appears to be transmitted by mosquitoes, the chance of infection in Illinois appears to be very slim.

Madison County Health Department spokesman Amy Yeager tells The Big Z they have been watching it closely.

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She says you can keep track of the spread of the virus if you plan on traveling.  The CDC has a map of worldwide "hot spots," and is urging pregnant women planning on traveling to areas where the Zika virus is more common to reconsider their plans.

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