Zika threat grows: Olympic fears escalate, 3 US babies born with defects

by FierceHealth
June 17, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 400 pregnant women in the United States have contracted Zika and three of the women have given birth to babies with defects.

A total of 423 pregnant women in U.S. states and territories have contracted the virus, according to data from the CDC’s U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, with 234 cases reported in U.S. states and the District of Columbia and 189 in territories like Puerto Rico, which is being hit particularly hard by the outbreak.

As more people in the U.S. catch Zika, concerns about citizens traveling to the epicenter of the virus outbreak for the Olympics in Rio de Janiero are growing louder. A commentary from U.S. News & World Report calls for the cancellation of the Olympics altogether, estimating that the number of attendees who may contract the virus range between 1.8 cases per million tourists to as many as 3.2 cases per 100,000 tourists, who would likely bring the virus back to their home countries.

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