The possible link between a mosquito carrying the Zika virus and an increase in babies born with microcephaly, a birth defect, is being investigated in Brazil.
According to the CDC: “Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries. In December 2015, Puerto Rico reported its first confirmed Zika virus case. Locally transmitted Zika has not been reported elsewhere in the United States, but cases of Zika have been reported in returning travelers.”
There is no cure for the Zika virus. If you are pregnant and have been to an affected area, watch for signs of the virus and seek the advice of your prenatal health care provider. Symptoms include fever with muscle or eye pain, and a possible rash during the next two weeks.
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CDC on Zika Virus here.
"Efforts by hospitals and government officials to decrease the percentage of babies born before full term appear to be paying off in Massachusetts and nationwide, according to a new report.
Last year, Massachusetts hospitals performed just over 1 percent of their deliveries on average as early elective deliveries, via scheduled induced deliveries or cesarean sections for no medical reason, before 39 weeks, compared with a statewide rate of 15 percent in 2010."
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