CDC: 3 babies born in US with birth defects caused by Zika

NEW YORK (AP) — The government is reporting that three babies have been born in the U.S. with birth defects caused by the Zika virus.

Birth defects from Zika were also seen in three other pregnancies that ended.

Thursday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first accounting of pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. that involve an infection with mosquito-borne virus.

The CDC says 234 pregnant women in the United States — residents and visitors — have been diagnosed with Zika.  Most of the pregnancies are ongoing.

All the cases are connected to travel to areas with Zika outbreaks, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean. There has been no spread by mosquitoes of the Zika virus in the U.S. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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