DAILYKENN.com -- The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed two cases of the Zika virus in that state.
The virus causes a birth defect resulting in the child having a substantially smaller head than normal.
The IDPH says the mothers contracted it while traveling abroad and physicians are closely monitoring their pregnancies and overall health. According to the CDC, their Level 2-practice enhanced precautions travel alert has been issued for the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The virus has also been detected in Africa, Asia and the countries in the Pacific Ocean. Pregnant women can spread Zika virus to their children during birth.
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In May 2015, a baby born in Hawaii was infected by Zika virus and had microcephaly, an unusually small or underdeveloped head of infants. The baby contracted the virus from his mother, who was in Brazil during her pregnancy, according to KHLN in Hawaii. The child born in Hawaii is the only reported case of Zika in the U.S.
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