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Local health leaders taking precautions towards Zika Virus

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YAKIMA, WA - Washington has now had its first reported case of the Zika virus and local health leaders say they're taking precautions to ensure people around the Yakima Valley Remain Safe. 

The Yakima Health District released some recommendations today. They are advising that pregnant woman avoid traveling to any Zika affected areas. In addition anyone that has already traveled to any Zika hot spots, should avoid donating blood for up to four weeks after getting back.

New information also suggests that the Zika virus can also be sexually contracted. Women are advised to use protection as a safety measure to avoid the virus. The Centers For Disease Control is also investigating 14 new cases of Zika in the US and say they were all sexually transmitted.

"In each of the episodes a man was traveling to a Zika affected area developed symptoms that were consistent with Zika," Said Anne Schuchat, MD for the CDC. "Within two weeks of the mans symptoms the female partner developed symptoms consistent with Zika virus."

The health district is also asking local clinics to contact them immediately if any patients are experiencing Zika symptoms.If anyone has any questions or concerns they can call the Health District.