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Two Zika Linked Microcephaly Live Births In California

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported today that two infants with Zika-related microcephaly have been born in California to women who had Zika virus infections during pregnancy after spending time in a country where the virus is endemic. While mosquitoes that can carry the virus have been found in 12 California counties, there is no evidence these mosquitoes are transmitting Zika in the state at this time.

“This is a sobering reminder for Californians that Zika can cause serious harm to a developing fetus,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in urging pregnant women to avoid travel to areas with known Zika transmission. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and speak with a health care provider upon return.”


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTVU & AP) -- The California Department of Public Health said Thursday that California now has two cases of babies born with birth defects due to the Zika virus.

One of the affected babies was born in the past six months at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley with severe microcephly, a source told KTVU, and the mother had apparently traveled to Guatemala.


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