The Illinois Department of Public Health has sent a warning to residents about the potential for contracting the Zika (zee-kuh) virus while traveling outside the U.S. The warning comes after two pregnant women tested positive for the virus after traveling to Honduras and Haiti.
IDPH Director Nirav Shah says this disease is "generally mild."
Shah says the mosquitos which carry the virus are not found in Illinois.
Shah says IDPH sent the warning after two pregnant women came down with the virus while traveling. He says pregnant women should be especially careful as there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.