In response to surging cases of Zika-caused birth defects abroad and in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidelines on recommended care for pregnant women potentially exposed to the mosquito-borne illness.
Widespread outbreaks of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Caribbean and Latin America prompted Jamaica’s health ministry to counsel women on delaying or postponing pregnancy in fear of Zika-linked neurological defects in babies.
The first-ever US case of a baby born with brain defect linked to mosquito-borne Zika virus was reported in Hawaii but infection could have likely occurred in Brazil where the mother stayed last year prompting US health officials to issue a travel alert informing pregnant women to avoid visiting a number of Caribbean and Latin American countries and territories with high rates of serious birth defects caused by mosquitoes.
A pregnant woman who had contracted Zika virus in Brazil is the first to give birth to a child with microcephaly.
Even as new cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, the Brazilian government announces that it will fund medical research for a new vaccine.
Till last year, there was no confirmed case of the Zika virus in the western hemisphere, but it has at last made an entrance in the U.S.
Brazilian officials confirm after a test that mosquitos can infect mothers with Zika virus, leading to microcephaly in newborns.