Health experts reminding people who travel to be wary of Zika virus

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HARTFORD  -  During a press conference, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy reminded neighbors to be wary of the Zika virus if they plan to travel to the tropics this spring and summer season.

"The reality is if a family wants to become pregnant I wouldn't go to a Zika affected area maybe the month before, you knows how long it lives in the semen, who knows actually how long, but if you're going to those areas, take the preventative measures to do it," said Dr. Ulysses Wu, of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. " Have your family but take the appropriate precautions and have your family as well."

The virus was discovered in Connecticut after a traveler came down with symptoms and was hospitalized.

"The world is on the brink of a pandemic that is found in this country, the first case already has reached CT and there will be others," said Sen. Blumenthal.

Three Connecticut groups are working on a possible vaccine for Zika, Protein Sciences of Meriden, CaroGen Corp. of Farmington, and scientists at UConn.

For more information on the virus and how to protect yourself from Zika: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/