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A deadly Zika virus that has caused microcephaly and paralysis among babies in the Philippines is poised to spread to America’s southeast, U.S. officials said Monday.
The outbreak of the mosquito-b모나코 카지노orne Zika virus in the Central American natio모나코 카지노n of Brazil started in April 2014 and first appeared among a select group of pregnant women, but it has since spread rapidly throughout the region, causing a rash of microcephaly and brain defects. Many newborns in the Philippines have had their cases linked to the virus, officials said.
«If it does spread to the southern United States,» said Dr. Jeffrey Fowle, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, «we could have a bigger problem than we know right now.»
Zika, known as Zika hemorrhagic fever, caused severe birth defects in pregnant women in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and nearby Colombia and has now spread to other countries, bringing unprecedented waves of serious illness.
The virus, transmitted to pregnant women by mosquitoes, infects the brain of newborns and can cause congenital heart defects,XO 카지노 high fever, and severe mental retardation that can affect them for life. Symptoms include muscle weakness, joint swelling and seizures.
This summer, health officials have warned pregnant women of the risk of contracting Zika from the mosquito-borne virus in the Philippines and urged them to get tested as early as possible to detect signs of the infection before they go outside. (Editing by Peter Cooney)