ALERT! Nearly 300 U.S. Woman Now Found With Zika Virus

ALERT! Nearly 300 U.S. Woman Now Found With Zika Virus

The CDC reports that they are monitoring 279 pregnant women who possibly have the Zika virus and live in the United States. This sickness possibly causes microcephaly which causes babies to have a smaller than normal head size. Pregnant women should be aware of their surroundings, wear appropriate clothing and perhaps mosquito repellent to help avoid bites that could possibly contain Zika.

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From the New York Times:

Doctors are monitoring 279 pregnant women with confirmed or suspected Zika virus infections in the United States and its territories, federal health officials said Friday.

Of those women, 157 are in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 122 are in territories, including Puerto Rico. Public health officials are gathering data on the health consequences of the infection, including the rate at which fetuses develop abnormally shrunken heads and brain damage, a birth defect called microcephaly.

It is thought that the Zika virus originated in 1947, in the Zika forest of Uganda, Africa when scientists were studying yellow fever and took samples from a rhesus monkey who may have contracted the virus from a mosquito.

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