BOISE - It's been found all over Central and South America the last several weeks, and the Centers for Disease Control has now moved to its highest alert level over the Zika virus outbreak.

President Obama has asked Congress for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus, linked to birth defects.

With the Rio Olympics just six months away, the U.S. Olympic Committee says pregnant women and anyone who is concerned for their health might consider not going to the games in August.

Currently, crews are on the ground in Florida trying to wipe out mosquitoes that could soon arrive carrying the virus.

The CDC now reports 51 known Zika cases in the continental United States - 50 of them contracted while traveling abroad, and one through sexual transmission. Six are pregnant women.

Idahoans can rest assured knowing there's no way of catching Zika virus from any mosquitoes in the state right now because the bug that carries Zika lives in tropical climates.

"We've never had any of the carriers in the state, and unless there's something that changes, I don't think anybody has anything to worry about," Ada County Mosquito Abatement Director Brian Wilbur said.

But experts are warning people who have traveled to those places recently to be aware.

KTVB talked to local experts to hear what they have to say about Zika impacting Idahoans and they tell us no cases have been reported, and the mosquito that carries the virus hasn't been found here in Idaho yet.

Nonetheless, Ada County is looking for them by putting up traps all across the area in places mosquitoes love - such as parks and the Greenbelt - to make sure of that.

"The species for Zika virus is quite different and this trap doesn't work on them well," Wilbur said.

So Ada Co. Mosquito Abatement developed a new contraption called the Oviposit Trap, specifically targetting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

"It's a tropical mosquito and you really wouldn't expect them to be here," Wilbur added, "and to date, nobody has found any."

Not in Idaho. But in Mexico and Central and South America, they're rampant.

"I didn't hear about it at all when I was in Brazil and I was there for almost a month," one traveler, Sarah Priddy, told KTVB.

She and a friend got back from a South America trip in December.

"Then you come back and you're like, oh, there's this big virus I had no idea about. So I didn't actually really prepare myself while I was there. So it's a little weird, a little unnerving," Priddy said. "We're both going to get tested just because we did get bites while we were over there."

Now, it's hard not to know about the virus.

"I think the main concern around Zika is it is spreading rapidly in a new area," Central District Health epidemiologist Sarah Correll told KTVB.

The virus is causing a lot of fear all across the world. Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant are advised not to visit those countries at all.

"We're mainly worried about these babies and preventing more babies that are born with microcephaly," Correll said.

For most people that get bit by one of these mosquitoes and contract Zika, there are no severe signs. Correll says people may experience flu-like symptoms for three to four days, and 80 percent of people show no symptoms at all. Because Zika is viral, there's no treatment, but the CDC says it will only stay in your blood for about a week.

"Most people will recover from it but if you're pregnant that could be long-term consequences," Correll said. "They are seeing what looks to be a linkage to congenital birth defects,and that's the concern."

Experts are urging pregnant women that may have been exposed while traveling to check in with a doctor right away and tell them where they went. They should have continuous follow-ups to test their blood and get ultrasounds of the baby to follow birth outcomes.

Experts say that CDC is actively working to get a test for the virus pushed out to state labs, but right now we can't test blood for Zika here in Idaho.