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Geographic information system in real time to target Zika Virus

CDC Issues New Warning On Zika Virus Ahead Of Mosquito Season NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Margaret Honein, co-leader for the CDC Zika Response Team’s Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force, about the latest guidance on Zika at the start of mosquito season.
But as of today’s update, there’s over 1,700 pregnant women with Zika that have been reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry.
SIEGEL: That’s Margaret Honein, head of the birth defects branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HONEIN: So there’s been pregnant women reported from 44 different states in the U.S.
Among those with confirmed infections in this report, about 10 percent had a baby that was identified with one of these serious birth defects.

 American Babies

About 10% of pregnant American women who contracted the Zika virus had children or fetuses with birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data released Wednesday.
That meshes with earlier agency data finding that pregnant women with Zika are 20 times more likely to have children with birth defects.
But it’s actually even worse for those who had lab- confirmed (rather than just potential) Zika infection.
“Identification and follow-up care of infants born to women with laboratory evidence of possible recent Zika virus infection during pregnancy and infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection can ensure that appropriate clinical services are available.”
“These findings highlight why pregnant women should avoid Zika virus exposure.

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Blood supply in the United States safe from virus Zika

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (Health Day News) — U.S. blood banks are confident they have the tools to protect America’s blood supply from possible new Zika virus outbreaks during the upcoming mosquito season.
The risk “was low before donor screening and is an extremely remote possibility now, with donor blood screening in place,” Katz said.
One out of 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed infection in 2016 had a fetus or baby affected by Zika-related birth defects, the CDC said.
Four people in Brazil have contracted Zika through blood from three infected donors, Stramer said.
Zika poses its main threat to the unborn, increasing a pregnant woman’s risk of delivering a baby with microcephaly or other birth defects.

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