Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that there are now 234 pregnant women in the continental US carrying the Zika virus – an infection spread by mosquito bites that can cause a devastating birth defect called microcephaly.
Out of these women, there have been six "abnormalities" – three babies born with birth defects so far, and another three who died before birth – though officials did not say how many of the women have given birth in total, and how many are still pregnant.
In other Zika news from CDC, the Center drafted an "Interim Response Plan" intended to guide state public health leaders on actions to consider (first hours - days) upon laboratory confirmation of the first locally acquired (transmitted by the bite of a local vector) case of Zika virus infection in their state. This document may serve as a support tool for states to consider a phased response to Zika virus. It is organized according to actions previously described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Response Plan for Areas at Risk for Local Zika Virus Transmission and High Volume of Travel Associated Cases.