Reader Poll: Are You Prepared for the Zika Virus?

January 22, 2016

One of the first confirmed cases of Zika virus in the continental United States on January 15 caused the CDC to issue a travel alert for pregnant women in any trimester who may be traveling to 14 countries and territories in Latin America.

The alert was issued after a pregnant woman in Texas tested positive for the virus after traveling from El Salvador.

The virus can be transmitted via mosquito bite and may cause microcephaly in infants born to infected mothers. The CDC also released guidelines this week for obstetricians and other healthcare providers who treat pregnant women who have traveled to these regions.

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