- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is inviting health officials to discuss how to prevent the Zika virus from spreading within the state.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1XrTmR1 ) that the Tuesday summit will be hosted by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Three Maricopa County residents who visited Latin America have been diagnosed with Zika infections and state officials expect more cases this summer.

Officials want to prevent infected people from coming into contact with Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species that carries Zika. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ says Zika hasn’t been found in Arizona mosquitoes yet and the state wants to keep it that way.

The effects of Zika are not very severe for most adults, but it can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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