CDC confirms Zika infections in 9 pregnant US residents

The CDC has confirmed Zika infections in nine pregnant women in the U.S. All of the women contracted the virus while traveling to countries suffering Zika outbreaks.

Three of the nine delivered babies — two were healthy and one was born with microcephaly, the birth defect that has been linked to Zika virus infections that adversely affects head size and brain development of infants. Two women had miscarriages, but it is not known if Zika was the cause. Two women terminated the pregnancy, one after scans indicated that the fetus had an undeveloped brain. Two pregnancies are continuing and there have been no reported complications in those cases.

To date, 107 travel-related Zika cases, including the pregnant women, have been reported.

The CDC is also currently investigating 10 more reports of Zika-infected pregnant travelers.

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