What to do if you're traveling to or coming from a country where Zika spreads fast

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) There are now 26 confirmed cases of Zika in Virginia according to the state department of health.

That number has grown steadily since last month.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel warning for people headed to countries in South America like Brazil, where Zika is spreading fast.

If you are traveling to the Olympics or an area with widespread cases, medical professionals suggest taking plenty of bug spray and long sleeves and pants to cover up skin from exposure to mosquitoes that spread the disease.

"80 percent of the population who get the Zika virus don't show any symptoms. Those who do are typically mild and it could be fever, rash, conjunctivitis, which many people associate with pink eye or red eye, and then joint pain," said Dr. Majorie Young, an associate professor of nursing at Radford University.

If you or anyone you know shows signs of the virus, Young says visit a doctor where a blood test will confirm or deny if the virus is present.

Women who are pregnant shouldn't travel to areas where the virus is ongoing, Young says, and should refrain from getting pregnant for up to two months after visiting the area.

Men should refrain from intercourse up to six months after a visit, Young says, just to be safe.