A summer outbreak of the Zika virus in Florida has apparently been more widespread than initially thought, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the CDC reports that the virus is still around and posing a new health threats, officials believe some sperm donations in Florida could be infected with the virus, which can endanger fetus development when contracted by pregnant women.

Women in the Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, where infected sperm samples were donated, have been warned the virus may have been present as early as 2016 and can live in sperm up to three months.

Men who donated semen at local sperm banks may not have been aware they were at risk of infection, according to the CDC, which states that the virus’s arrival last summer in Florida followed the rapid spread of the mosquito-borne virus through Latin America and the Caribbean.

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