Nearly 2,000 Zika cases in the states; 16 babies born with related birth defects

Zika virus continues to spread in the United States with 1,962 confirmed cases as of Aug. 10. Additionally there are 510 pregnant women with lab evidence of a possible infection in the U.S. as of Aug. 4, according to the CDC's most recent update.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause microcephaly and other birth defects in infants when the mother is infected, and 16 babies in the U.S. have been born with Zika-related birth defects as of Aug. 4.

Of the 1,962 cases confirmed in the U.S., 22 were sexually transmitted and six had developed Guillain-Barre syndrome. Additionally, six cases are classified as locally transmitted, as mosquitoes in an area of Miami are now transmitting the virus. However, other reports place the number of locally acquired cases at 15.

Because of the local transmission, the CDC issued a travel warning discouraging pregnant women or women who wish to become pregnant from traveling to the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood.

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