State to give precaution notices on flights to Zika affected areas

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– With the fourth case of the Zika virus now confirmed in Connecticut, public health officials are now warning that Zika is expected to infect one in five Puerto Ricans and they are urging travelers to the island and other affected areas to take precautions.

With two daily flights to San Juan from Bradley Airport, plus the flights from the New York airports, it is estimated that hundreds of Connecticut residents from New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport travel to and from the island every week.

“Many residents from our community travel, in particular to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico and other areas impacted by the virus and they do so frequently,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.

Anyone traveling to the affected areas is urged to cover up, use repellent, and if you are planning to become pregnant, avoid the areas entirely.

The state plans to start handing out Zika precaution notices to passengers at all flights leaving and arriving from the affected areas.

We will have much more on the Zika story coming up on News 8 at 5 p.m.

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