CDC Says 2 American Women Suffered Miscarriages Due To Zika Virus

Posted: Feb 11 2016, 1:41pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 12 2016, 2:32pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Pregnant women are susceptible to contracting Zika virus
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that two US women have suffered miscarriages after contracting Zika virus outside of the United States, and the evidence of the virus was still present in their placentas - the Washington Post reveals.

This is the first time US health officials would report miscarriages of pregnancies in American women that traveled outside the country to areas infected with Zika virus, even though several miscarriages have been reported in Brazil and other affected countries in South America.

The CDC’s chief pathologist had earlier told the STAT website that about three US women suffered miscarriages as a result of contracting Zika virus from outside the country, but did not offer any supportive details of the incident. But CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said he is only knowledgeable of two cases, and not three.

A baby born with a birth defect in Hawaii in January was the first case of Zika incident in the US, and health officials revealed the baby’s mother was in Brazil last year where she could have contracted the infection which ultimately affected the baby in the womb. Zika virus has been linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly, a very small head and brain defects in newborns.

CDC’s director Tom Frieden told Congress on Wednesday that the federal health agency continues to study Zika with a view to understanding its symptoms, how it is transmitted, its effects on individuals, and other complications associated with the disease. Meanwhile, the infection has also been linked to Guillain-Barré, which can lead to paralysis in adults.

Having declared Zika a worldwide health threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that it is possible to transmit it via sexual relations and so warns that "all men and women living in or returning from an area where Zika is present – especially pregnant women and their partners – should be counseled on the potential risks of sexual transmission and ensure safe sexual practices."

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