Many of the countries in the Caribbean region are still at risk for Zika, according to the latest warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pregnant women are urged to avoid travel to any of the islands impacted by the September hurricanes, which in CDC's opinion totals 17 countries, including those just brushed by the storms.

The agency said that contaminated drinking water and reduced access to safe water, food and shelter in some areas may create conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis and influenza as well as Zika.

Much of the Caribbean region, as well as Florida and countries in Latin America and South America, were impacted by Zika or the fears of Zika in 2016.

Puerto Rico especially was hurt by it, with cancellations of weddings and meetings.

Fears abated earlier this year as reported cases of Zika dropped off and concern for contacting the mosquito-borne virus waned.


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