Three more Missouri travelers infected with Zika virus

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) -The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed three additional cases of Zika virus in Missouri. The man and two non-pregnant women had traveled to areas where Zika virus is being transmitted, specifically Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

That brings the total number of travel-related cases found in Missouri to 12.

Typically, symptoms of Zika are mild and include fever, rash, joint soreness and/or redness of eyes. Most people infected with the virus will have no symptoms at all.

International health officials have found a connection between pregnant women contracting the virus and a birth defect called microcephaly. According to the CDC, babies with microcephaly often have smaller head sizes and brains that might not have developed properly.

The CDC is recommending pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas which include countries ranging from Mexico into the Caribbean, Central American and South America.

More information about Zika virus: http://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/zika/