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How Worried Should Illinois Be About Zika?

Aedes aegypti mosquito
James Gathany
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CDC / Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame
The Aedes aegypti mosquito can spread a number of diseases, including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently reported the state is aware of 47 cases of Zika virus, including at least three pregnant women. Meanwhile, officials in Florida are trying to contain the first known mosquito-borne outbreak of the disease in the continental U.S.

In an attempt to sort through the facts and fears about Zika, we spoke to Dr. Janak Koirala, division chief of infectious disease and a travel medicine specialist at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

Brian Mackey covers state government for NPR Illinois. You can follow his reporting on Twitter and Facebook. A version of this story was first broadcast onIllinois Editionon August 16, 2016.

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