19 in the USA infected with Zika Virus, per report

Two people returning to Switzerland from Haiti and Colombia were also diagnosed with the virus, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms an Arkansas resident has tested positive for Zika virus. In Brazil, health officials have noticed a sharp spike in cases of those birth defects amid the Zika virus outbreak; the connection is still being investigated.

But the worst hit by the virus is Brazil where more than 1 million cases had been recorded the past few months. They are only allowing 4 to 5 cities and it has to be flying out of that specific city and you have to have a doctors note confirming that you're pregnant. "American Airlines is being a little more stringent on refunding it", says Wright". US President Barack Obama called for faster research on the quick-moving virus, urging better diagnostic tests and the development of vaccines and treatments.

However, the Zika virus could lead to birth defects in babies, including life-threatening brain damage. There are now no cases of Zika among pregnant women in the United States, however Zika cases have been reported among others who returned from areas that are experiencing Zika outbreaks.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has advised pregnant women to avoid travelling to areas with the disease.

Compounding fears is the fact that the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries the virus, has been detected in 12 of California's 58 counties, including in the San Gabriel Valley in East Los Angeles.

The relatively new mosquito-borne virus is connected with a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads.

The meeting will be held under the auspices of South American regional bloc MERCOSUR, but will be open to all Latin American and Caribbean countries, she said. The U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic have also been added to the travel advisory list.

Dr. Robyn Hubbard with Grand Rapids Women's Health talks with Health Reporter Valerie Lego about why pregnant women should be concerned about the Zika virus.



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