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Baby born with Zika-related symptoms in New Jersey



Over 300 pregnant women in the U.S. are infected with the Zika virus

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The CDC has confirmed a baby girl with Zika-related microcephaly was born in New Jersey on Tuesday. The mother is said to have contracted the virus at her home in Honduras after being bit by a mosquito. After she developed a severe fever and rash, she traveled to New Jersey in hopes of receiving better medical care.

Experts say extreme signs of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The virus has been linked with microcephaly, which can leave affected newborns with unusually small heads and abnormal brain development.

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Travel Advisory Summary:

  • Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
  • Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their healthcare providers first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Signs and Symptoms of Zika virus include:

  • Fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis
  • About 1 in 5 people become ill; with mild symptoms lasting several days to a week

Prevention:

  • Repellents containing DEET
  • Essential oils of lemon eucalyptus
  • When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

For additional information, visit the CDC's website.

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