CDC Investigating Additional Zika Cases Among Pregnant Women, Sexual Partners Of Travelers To LAC Region

News outlets discuss findings from two CDC reports on Zika virus among travelers to Latin America and the Caribbean, including pregnant women and the sexual partners of those travelers.

ABC News: Zika Virus Infection Confirmed or Being Investigated in 19 Pregnant Women in U.S., CDC Says
“Zika virus infections have been either confirmed or are being investigated in 19 pregnant women in the U.S., the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said [Friday]…” (Mohney, 2/26).

HealthDay News: Zika Found in 9 U.S. Pregnancies, Outcomes Often Severe: CDC
“…Five of nine pregnancies among U.S. women who were infected with the Zika virus have resulted in tragic outcomes, federal health officials said Friday…” (Thompson, 2/27).

New York Times: Officials Report 9 New Cases of Zika Virus Among Pregnant Women Tested in U.S.
“…One of the women gave birth to a baby with microcephaly, a defect that has been associated with the virus, and at least one other had an abortion after severe brain atrophy was detected in the fetus. Of the other women, one also had an abortion, two miscarried, two delivered healthy babies, and two are still pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported the nine cases…” (Tavernise, 2/26).

Reuters: U.S. study of nine pregnant travelers raises new worries about Zika
“…More information will be available in the future from a new CDC registry for U.S. pregnant women with confirmed Zika virus infection and their infants…” (Steenhuysen, 2/26).

Reuters: CDC says six confirmed and probable cases of Zika sexual transmission
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported six confirmed and probable cases of sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus from male travelers to female non-travelers…” (Grover/Banerjee, 2/26).

Wall Street Journal: Reports of Zika Cases Growing Quickly in U.S.
“…The CDC said it has received 147 reports of Zika illnesses to date. Of those cases, 107 were travelers who brought the disease home. Another 40 are cases involving people who were infected locally, mostly in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories…” (McKay, 2/26).

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