Health experts warning spring break travelers who are going to areas with Zika virus outbreaks

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Health experts have a warning for anyone who plans to travel during Spring Break to areas where there have been Zika virus outbreaks. (KFSN)

Health experts have a warning for anyone who plans to travel during Spring Break to areas where there have been Zika virus outbreaks.

Mexico-- it is the place every college student looking to have a little fun during spring break wants to be. And it is the place Ines Denize will be heading out to come Wednesday. He is going to Rosarito with his fraternity brothers.

"At any point, when planning this did you think Zika Virus-- we're going to Mexico-- this has happened here," asked our reporter. Denize responded, "No."

Marina Ayala though is worried. She is going to Michoacan Mexico, an area where she said there are a lot of mosquitos.

"When you're on top of the bed, we put like, this net thing to keep the mosquitos out," said Ayala.

Ceci Rosalas is a travel agent and has booked over 50 trips for both college students and families heading out to Mexico over the next couple of weeks. None of them, she said, have expressed concerns about the virus. "I haven't had one person ask or say anything about that virus."

Leticia Berber, with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, said Zika is passed through insects and sexual activity. And she said anyone in the Valley traveling to Mexico, or other Central and South American countries, should use insect repellant every two hours and practice safe sex.

"We don't know how long this virus will last in your system, that is why these extra precautions are very important to take," said Berber.

There are only 13 cases of Zika in California from people who got the virus after traveling to infected areas.

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