You don't need to cancel your plans, but those traveling over spring break should be aware of the Zika Virus.  The Zika Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Symptoms are usually mild if they show up at all, and include a fever, rash, and joint pain.

The virus is very dangerous for pregnant women, since it can cause birth defects, according to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

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So far, there have been seven confirmed cases of the Zika Virus in Illinois.  All the patients had traveled to areas where the virus is prevalent.


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