CDC issues new recommendations for Zika

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Government health officials have issued new recommendations regarding the Zika virus. (WPVI)

Government health officials have issued new recommendations regarding the Zika virus.

This new advice focuses on what couples need to know if they're planning a pregnancy.

Pregnant women are the top priority because there is strong evidence Zika virus can cause a serious birth defect.

But it's important to note there are healthy babies being born in Zika-affected areas.

Still, these new recommendations err on the side of caution.

CDC officials say for women diagnosed with Zika or with symptoms, they should wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant.

Men should use condoms for at least six months after symptoms or after possible exposure while traveling to a Zika-affected area.

Health experts are also improving access to contraceptives in Puerto Rico to help prevent unintended pregnancies.
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