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Logan Airport Travelers React to Zika Threat in United States

Mosquito-borne virus has infected 14 people in the United States so far

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    Travelers at Boston's Logan Airport are expressing concern over Zika after concerns that the virus is growing in Miami. (Published Monday, Aug. 1, 2016)

    With the Centers for Disease Control warning pregnant woman to avoid a Zika-stricken part of Miami, travelers at Boston's Logan Airport are expressing concern.

    "It's scary, it's really scary and I hope it doesn't spread," said Marsha Maceachern, of Las Vegas Nevada.

    Maceachern, who is pregnant, was traveling Monday through Logan Airport.

    "We tried really hard to get where we are right now," Maceachern said. "It wasn't easy. We are so thrilled that we are pregnant and having our first kid."

    The mosquito-borne virus, which can cause severe birth defects, has infected 14 people in the United States so far.

    Although a tropical vacation has been tempting, many travelers said they aren't taking any chances.

    "We actually went on our baby moon a couple weeks ago and we chose Sedona because it's in the desert, far away from the Zika virus," Maceachern said.

    Dorothy Giard told necn that even though she lives in Orlando, it's still too close for her pregnant sister.

    "She's not going to come visit until after she has the baby now," said Giard.

    She and many others from Florida say the message is education — Zika is mostly spread through mosquitoes but can be sexually transmitted.

    "I'm not really worried about it, the worst thing that could happen to a male is the flu — flu like symptoms," said Andy Hetzel of Jacksonville, Florida. "If you're not planning on having a baby, I don't think you should be really scared about it. For those that are, yah, it's probably a concern."


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