Zika Virus Cases Among Pregnant Women in the US Rises
According to the CDC, the number of Zika cases among pregnant women in the United States reached 234 as of this Thursday (Tavernise). The Zika virus is of particular concern to expecting mothers because of possible serious fetal health complications including possible brain damage as a result of microcephaly, abnormally small head size. This particular complication, the CDC reports, has already afflicted six newborns, claiming the lives of three. Unfortunately, the CDC refuses to release the total number of cases that were carried to term, making it difficult to evaluate weight of the six reported defects.
Dr. Denise J. Jamieson of the CDC’s Zika response effort has responded to criticism stating, “We’re sort of in a hard place, we can’t provide a lot of information about where these women are in their pregnancy. We don’t want to inadvertently disclose information about difficult decisions these women are making about their pregnancies” (Tavernise). While it is not guaranteed that the baby will be affected if a mother has the Zika virus, it is still a serious consideration for all expecting parents (Tavernise).
Tavernise, S. (2016, June). C.D.C. Reports 234 Pregnant Women in U.S. With Zika. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/health/zika-pregnancy-united-states-cdc.html?_r=0