Zika Virus Outbreak: 10 Important Facts Pregnant Women Should Know

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If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant sometime soon, then it is very important that you learn about the ongoing serious concern for the Zika virus outbreak.

Why should you be concerned about the Zika virus? Here’s why: The Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in babies known as skull-misshaping microcephaly (my-kroh-SEF-uh-lee) shown in the photo above and other serious neurological issues.

In fact, the ongoing Zika virus epidemic is fast spreading in Central and South America:

… 23 countries and territories have reported cases, and there are some 4,000 babies that have been born with the skull-misshaping microcephaly, according to the World Health Organization. Source: ForeignPolicy.com

The ongoing epidemic has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to voice serious concern for its spread throughout the majority of the Americas … including possibly the United States.

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WHO Director-General Margaret Chan alarmingly said:

Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. The level of alarm is EXTREMELY high.

The WHO also estimates that about 3 to 4 million people across the Americas will be infected with the Zika virus over the next year.

To learn more about the 10 extremely important facts that the Center for Disease Control wants you to know about the Zika virus, please go to the next page.

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