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CDC Issues Travel Guidance Warning Pregnant Women Of Zika Virus In Latin America, Caribbean

News outlets report on a CDC interim travel guidance related to Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Associated Press: Pregnant women told to avoid countries with Zika outbreaks
“Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Latin America and Caribbean countries that have outbreaks of a tropical illness linked to birth defects, health officials said Friday…” (Stobbe, 1/15).

HealthDay News: CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid 14 Countries in the Americas
“…The travel alert targets pregnant women and those who want to become pregnant and follows reports that thousands of babies in Brazil were born last year with microcephaly, a brain disorder experts associate with Zika exposure…” (Reinberg, 1/15).

New York Times: To Protect Against Zika Virus, Pregnant Women Are Warned About Latin American Trips
“… ‘We believe this is a fairly serious problem,’ said Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, chief of vector-borne diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ‘This virus is spreading throughout the Americas. We didn’t feel we could wait’…” (McNeil, 1/15).

New York Times: Zika Warning Spotlights Latin America’s Fight Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases
“…[A]t each turn, mosquitoes are outwitting their human opponents, a challenge highlighted by the United States’ decision to advise pregnant women to postpone traveling to more than a dozen Latin American or Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico where mosquitoes are rapidly expanding the reach of Zika…” (Romero, 1/17).

Reuters: U.S. issues travel alert over Zika virus in Latin America, Caribbean
“…Petersen, speaking on a conference call, said the CDC had confirmed 26 cases of the disease among returning U.S. travelers since it was first reported in 2007, and is still receiving specimens for testing from travelers who recently became ill…” (Beasley, 1/15).

Wall Street Journal: CDC Issues Warning on Zika Virus
“…The virus is spreading rapidly through the Americas, after it was detected in Brazil in May 2015 and subsequently sparked a health crisis. Dr. Petersen said the CDC expects the number of cases reported in the U.S. to rise as more travelers bring it home…” (McKay, 1/15).

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