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Vt. Zika cases on the rise

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The number of Zika cases in Vermont is on the rise.

The state's health department is confirming six cases of the mosquito-borne illness in the Green Mountain State. 

Health experts say the individuals are both men and women of varying ages. 

With news that mosquitoes carrying the disease have been discovered in Florida, WCAX News asked the Health Department about the likelihood that those bugs could make their way to Vermont. 

"The mosquitoes that are causing the situation in Florida right now, they only travel about 150 meters in their lifetime so it is unlikely that they are going to make their way all the way up to Vermont," said Bradley Tompkins, Vermont Health Department.

State health officials say all six individuals had traveled to locations in the Southern Hemisphere before getting sick, an area where Zika has surfaced in the last year.

So what do you and your family need to know about Zika? Is it safe to travel to Florida and South America? What are the symptoms and what should you do if you're feeling sick? 

Keith McGilvery will have an in-depth interview with an infectious disease specialist from the Vermont Health Department Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on "The :30."

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