The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning about the deadly Zika virus.
The mosquito-borne infection has been ravaging South America and has managed to penetrate Florida and other southern states in the United States.
To date, 1,300 reported cases of Zika have popped up in the U.S. in at least 44 states.
Zika is especially deadly for pregnant women as the virus can cause brain deformities for developing fetuses.
“It can cause brain deformities, vision problems, and other defects that may require lifelong care,” said CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat in a conference call with reporters. “The problems are not always evident at birth.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Margaret Honein, a co-leader for the CDC Zika Response Team’s Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force, spoke with NPR about the report and what people could do to mitigate the risk of becoming infected by the virus.
Honein stressed that while there were plenty of cases of Zika in the United States and some reports of babies being born with Zika-related birth defects, virtually all of those cases had originated outside of the U.S.
She also made clear that just because a pregnant woman contracts the virus, that doesn’t automatically mean that her infant will be born with birth defects.
If you recently traveled to South America and believe you are suffering from Zika, you should visit a nearby hospital immediately.