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Kentucky's Department of Public Health is responding to concerns about the Zika virus with holiday travel suggestions.  Officials are especially concerned about pregnant women.  According to infectious disease specialist, Dr. Ardis Hoven, says pregnant women, those who might be pregnant and their sex partners should avoid areas where the virus remains active. 


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Outbreaks of a mosquito-borne illness called Chikungunya (pronounced CHICK-en-GUN-yeh) have been reported recently in the surrounding states of Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.  Although there have been no confirmed reports of the virus yet in the Commonwealth, local health officials are hoping to educate the public on ways to avoid the disease.  Keith Hall, Communications Director for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says while the department regularly sprays for mosquitoes, they recommend residents take some fairly simple precautions.