With the growing cases of Zika virus in certain parts of the Americas and Europe, international and local health agencies have already raised the alarm and once again prepared themselves on how to battle this virus.

The Zika virus is a mosquito borne virus that causes offspring to have smaller heads and underdeveloped brain. Earlier reports of the virus came from Africa and Asia between the 50’s and 80’s, and most recently in the Micronesia region in 2007. However, unlike past outbreaks, experts now believe that the virus can also be transmitted through intercourse.

To help prevent being infected by this virus, here are some ways to protect yourself:

1. Avoid traveling to countries infected by the virus.

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The growing number of confirmed Zika virus cases in Americas and Europe have become very alarming. To protect yourself, refrain from traveling to countries where cases of the virus were already reported.

If you can’t fight the travel bug, visit local destinations and/or neighboring countries with no reported cases. It’s better to be safe than sorry.