Israel’s Health Ministry Issues Warning on Travel to Florida

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An Aedes aegypti mosquito, the mosquito behind the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
An Aedes aegypti mosquito, the mosquito behind the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

The Health Ministry has issued a travel warning to expectant women against traveling to Florida, in the wake of the health crisis developing there due to the proliferation of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. In its statement, the Ministry said that it was basing its warning on the statements of the Centers for Disease Control about the spread of the virus.

The Ministry recommended that anyone traveling in the region take the appropriate steps to protect themselves, including using insecticide and applying material to the skin that keeps mosquitoes away, in addition to wearing long skirts and long-sleeved shirts.

The Ministry also urged travelers to Florida to receive information about the symptoms of the disease, and to get themselves checked out within two weeks of those symptoms manifesting themselves.