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US Warns of Zika Risk in Cuba Ahead of Obama’s Trip

By on March 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – The United States is warning of the risk of Zika virus in Cuba just as President Barack Obama heads to the country.

Youths spend the afternoon at Havana's Malecon, in Cuba, Friday, March 18, 2016.  U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to the communist island March 20. During his three-day trip, the first to the country by a sitting president in nearly 90 years he will meet with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution and attend a baseball exhibition game. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Havana’s Malecón (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s adding Cuba to its travel notice for Zika. The notice warns travelers they are at risk of contracting the virus.

Zika is spread though bites from a specific mosquito and is believed to carry particular risk for birth defects. The CDC advises pregnant women not to travel to places with Zika.

Obama heads to Cuba on Sunday on a three-day trip. It’s the first trip to the country by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years.

The Obama administration says the virus hasn’t been a factor in Obama’s travel decisions and isn’t expected to be in the future.

The Associated Press

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