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Orlando International Airport travelers sound off about Zika virus

ORLANDO, Fla. – Every year, millions and millions of people come in and out of Orlando International Airport, including folks from Latin American countries where the Zika virus has become a huge health concern.

U.S. scientists are warning that the mosquito-borne illness has the potential to be an "explosive epidemic."

"What troubles me is that the infants are getting it," said Sharon McIntrye, who was traveling back to Minnesota from Orlando Thursday.

Health experts have determined that women can pass the virus to their babies causing serious birth defects. Because of that, officials don't want anyone who is pregnant traveling to affected countries.

"If they're pregnant, and traveling to an area that has high incidents of the disease, when they come back they're recommended to see an OBGYN," said Dr. Alejandro Jordan, who specializes in infectious diseases at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

All of the Zika cases in the U.S. have involved foreign travel.

The Centers for Disease Control has named 14 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Haiti, that are effected areas.

Dr. Jordan believes the threat for Zika to spread to Central Florida is low at this point, but with the large number of mosquitoes here, there is still a possibility.

Orange County's mosquito control department says they're not doing anything differently in light of the outbreaks, but will continue to monitor the situation.


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