Nora Kelly reports that “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 279 pregnant women in the United States and its territories have the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects and other health conditions. The CDC will now report all cases of pregnant women testing positive for the virus, regardless of whether they show symptoms. The news comes amid a funding debate between Congress and the Obama administration, which has asked for nearly $2 billion to combat the virus.
“Previously, the CDC only reported the number of pregnant women who tested positive for Zika and either showed symptoms or had Zika-related complications, a news release explains. Now, the agency is reporting all pregnant women who have ‘any laboratory evidence’ of possible infection, no matter what. The CDC made the change after seeing reports of asymptomatic pregnant women who delivered children with birth defects. Researchers still haven’t nailed down women’s ‘absolute risk’ of having microcephalic babies, a CDC official recently told PBS NewsHour.”
Source: The Atlantic