Hoosiers traveling to Miami share concerns about Zika, health officials take action

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A historic travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control warns Americans about traveling to a Miami neighborhood due to an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Pregnant women should avoid the Wynwood neighborhood, just north of downtown Miami. Fourteen cases of Zika were spread in this small area. An additional case of Zika was confirmed in Miami-Dade County Tuesday afternoon.

Direct flights from Miami land at the Indianapolis International Airport on a daily basis. Travelers like Lila Syed, who spent three days in Miami, shared health concerns.

"I was anxious to get back home," she said. "I heard about this last week did a little bit of research knowing that I was going."

Other women returning home after a trip to the Sunshine State said they didn't feel very worried about Zika.

"I get bit by mosquitoes a lot but I don’t typically get bit in Miami," said Amy Ikerd. "It's usually here. No one is planning on becoming pregnant any time soon. If so, then we would’ve been concerned."

The Indiana State Department of Health is working to monitor mosquito populations and prevent the spread of the Zika virus in the Hoosier state.

"We are doing enhanced surveillance for those particular mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting Zika," said Dr. Jennifer Brown, from the Indiana State Department of Health. "We are using different types of mosquito traps that will target those species."

The mosquito believed to transmit the virus is the Aedes aegypti and it has not been found in Indiana, according to Brown.

"We feel the risk of widespread Zika transmission in Indiana remains low," Brown said.

The CDC recommend all pregnant women in the United States be assessed for exposure to the Zika virus. Anyone planning on getting pregnant who has traveled to the Wynwood neighborhood should wait at least eight weeks.

In order to get tested for the virus, experts suggest going to your doctor so he/she can determine whether the test is necessary. Commercial diagnostics labs are also offering Zika testing.

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