A Franklin County man who recently traveled to Mexico is confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus...

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According to the Benton-Franklin Heath District:

Local residents are not at risk for contracting Zika virus unless they travel to a Zika-affected area, including Central and South America, or have unprotected sexual relations with someone who has the virus," said Dr. Amy Person.

Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should avoid travel to areas with active Zika virus transmissions. Additionally, they should abstain from sex or use condoms if their partner has traveled to one of these areas," warned Dr. Person.