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Myths and facts about Zika virus

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez opened up this week about contracting the Zika virus during the off-season.

He's warning Olympic athletes they may want to skip this year's Rio games for their safety.

Zika can cause birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.

Dr. Russell Bush, with Saginaw County Department of Public Health, said traveling to places where the virus is spreading has been the biggest issue for the United States.

The people who contract the virus then return and put other Americans at risk when local mosquitoes bite them.

Bush said precautions normally associated with safe sex should prevent infection with Zika from intimacy. Avoiding mosquito bites is the other main precaution.

There aren't any outbreaks of concern in Michigan at this time.

Once you contract the Zika virus you become immune to it and will not get it again.

"It's probably just a matter of time before it's actually here," Bush said.

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