Zika found in 9 US pregnancies, outcomes often severe

Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) officials, working with Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Zika virus infection in a us citizen diagnosed in Spokane County, Washington.

In its report Friday, the CDC did not give the women's hometowns; state health officials have said there were two pregnant women with Zika in IL, three in Florida and one in Hawaii, who gave birth to a baby with microcephaly. The first symptoms of Zika can be a low-grade fever, rash, joint pains, eye infections, headache...all in all, rather non-specific symptoms that are easy to confuse with other more mundane illnesses.

But on Monday, Queensland Health said it was not possible to tell what mosquito-borne virus the patient had because they had cleared the virus.

Among the CDC's main goals is to test every pregnant woman in Puerto Rico for Zika and prevent people like Dominicci from contracting the virus.

In other parts of Latin America, the virus is travelling fast. Zika virus is spread mainly through mosquito bites.

The two miscarriages that were confirmed to have been infected with Zika virus may give early evidence that the most unsafe time during pregnancy to become infected is in the first trimester of pregnancy.

However, the growing belief that Zika can also trigger microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected while pregnant has spread worldwide alarm. No Zika virus-related hospitalizations or deaths among pregnant women were reported.

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Luskin-Hawk stressed that the overwhelming majority of people who have Zika show no symptoms and make full recoveries.

There are over 4,000 pregnant women now in areas where transmission is going on.

While these cases still don't definitively prove the proposed link between Zika infection in pregnant women and the risk of later birth defects or stillbirths, the CDC authors were nonetheless taken aback by their findings.

Zika virus infection has been confirmed in two non-traveling women whose only known risk factor was sexual contact with a male partner who had recently traveled to an area with ongoing transmission, the CDC said Friday. These are similar to symptoms of dengue and chikungunya, which are also transmitted by infected Aedes mosquitoes. CDC experts still do not know if there is a link between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare immune disorder that most people recover from. However, Zika has already spread to 46 countries.

"None of those diseases have the implication for future generations that this one does, at least that we think it does", she said.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has tried to quell fears among athletes and has distributed guidance using information from the World Health Organization.