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N.J. leaders say now is time to prepare for Zika

New Jersey should take steps now to guard against the Zika virus by educating pregnant women about how to protect themselves and by preventing mosquitoes that carry the disease from spreading, the state’s two U.S. senators said.

“We are a traveling state; we have a very busy airport,” Sen. Cory Booker said at a conference on Zika preparedness in Hackensack. “That makes the potential for the spread of Zika all the more a reality.”

The large number of New Jersey residents with close ties to Puerto Rico, considered the epicenter of the outbreak on American territory, and the onset of mosquito season create the potential that the disease could spread in New Jersey, Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez said.

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