Disease experts reveal the 5 best ways to protect yourself from Zika



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Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly (pictured), in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.

The fast-moving Zika virus ravaged Latin America and the Caribbean over the past year, and it's now confirmed to be transmitting locally in Florida.


Yet, experts warn, Zika is also likely circulating undetected in other parts of the US, particularly Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

"You should not assume that transmission is only in Florida," Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told INSIDER.

The virus poses the biggest risk for pregnant women and those who are thinking of conceiving (because Zika can affect fetal brain development) as well as their male partners, since the virus can be transmitted sexually.

As a result, it is important for such people to protect themselves from Zika. Here are five easy ways to stay safe.