CDC says 157 pregnant women in U.S. test positive for Zika

by Reuters
Friday, 20 May 2016 16:44 GMT

(Removes erroneous reference to being first time CDC disclosed numbers of Zika-infected pregnant women)

May 20 (Reuters) - Some 157 pregnant women in the United States and another 122 in U.S. territories have tested positive for infection with the Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

U.S. health officials have previously said that the virus, which is spread through mosquitos and sexual contact, can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. (Reporting by Ransdell Pierson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and James Dalgleish)

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