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Headed south of the border this summer? Practice safe sex

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If your summer vacation plans include trips to Mexico, the Caribbean or certain Latin American countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations aimed at preventing the spread of Zika virus and its complications.

Following trips to areas with active Zika transmission, the WHO recommends following safe sex practices --or abstain from sex all together -- for at least 8 weeks upon your return home.

That's twice as long as previous recommendations from the organization.

In addition, the WHO also said if a male partner exhibits symptoms of Zika, the period of abstinence should be extended to six months.

According to the CDC, those symptoms can range anywhere from a fever, to rashes, joint and muscle pain, headaches or even pink eye.

The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Officials say the guidelines reflect new information they're learning about the disease.

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