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CDC Lifts Zika Travel Advisory

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BROWNSVILLE – A travel advisory warning pregnant women not to travel to Brownsville has been lifted.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was warning women they risked contracting the Zika virus.

Last year, CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported about the first Texas case of locally transmitted Zika virus discovered in a Brownsville neighborhood. Officials were concerned the virus could spread to pregnant women through a mosquito bite or sexual contact.

The CDC now said the risk of Zika transmission around Brownsville is likely to be low.

Concerns regarding sexual contact are still not quite over because anyone infected can transmit the virus sexually for several months. The CDC recommends people continue using condoms for Zika control.

Men are told to use condoms for Zika control for the next four months. Women are told to use them for Zika control until next week.

Pregnant women are told to continue using condoms for the length of their pregnancy.

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