Thursday, 17 August, 2017

One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby

Getty Images Getty Images
Arthur Frazier | 05 April, 2017, 02:42

One in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika virus infections had an infant or fetus who showed signs of birth defects, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And the cases aren't slowing down. "We do know this devastating outbreak is far from over, and the consequences of this outbreak are heartbreaking". "Zika is here to stay".

Of these women, 972 (about 75 percent) had completed their pregnancies by the time of the analysis. But when a pregnant woman is infected, it is associated with her child's having an increased risk of birth defects, including microcephaly, which is characterized by an abnormally small head or brain and can result in diminished mental capacity or other developmental delays.

The report analyzed 1,297 pregnancies reported from January 15 through December 27, 2016, in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Of those, 972 with laboratory evidence of possible Zika infection were considered "completed", resulting in 895 live births and 77 losses, a designation that could include stillbirths, miscarriages and abortions. All 51 birth defects reported Tuesday were cases in which the mothers were infected while traveling to 16 areas where the virus is circulating: Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands and Venezuela. That risk is comparable to what's been found in other countries. "But you can't take away from this, 'Oh, as long as I'm not infected in the first trimester, it will be fine'".

She said by mid-April, the state will begin conducting a complex test for distinguishing Zika from related viruses, such as dengue and chikungunya, that previously only the CDC could perform.

Babies may also appear healthy at birth but have underlying brain defects or other Zika-related health problems.

Still, there are big gaps in our knowledge about Zika, says epidemiologist Margaret Honein, who led the study.

Apple reportedly working to offer 'premium TV' streaming bundle
Recode said it's unclear how much the iPhone maker might charge subscribers for a bundle containing all three streaming networks. Apple's plans were revealed by Recode , where sources claimed that the company has already spoken to severla major networks.

Now there is no licensed vaccine to prevent disease caused by Zika infection.

Zika infection during pregnancy has been most closely linked to microcephaly in developing fetuses, a condition in which the skull and brain are underdeveloped. Some may have seizures or muscle spasms, or a baby may have problems that are only detectable by a brain scan.

CDC investigators also found that only one in four Zika-affected babies received recommended brain imaging after birth, a key to identifying problems and connecting babies and families to crucial medical care and support.

The findings are based on the US Zika Pregnancy Registry, which was established past year to track Zika among pregnant women in the United States and its territories (except Puerto Rico, which has a separate registry).

"I want to highlight the need for care and evaluation of these infants", she says. "Knowing that not all these babies are receiving brain imaging, this may be significantly underestimating the complete number of infants with birth defects".

With a new mosquito season just around the corner and the travel season in full swing, CDC officials today urged pregnant women to avoid visiting areas with known Zika risk and avoid unprotected sex with a partner who has traveled to an area where the virus is spreading locally. Imaging could help detect brain abnormalities not visible at birth, and the CDC now recommends neuroimaging for any infant whose mother has Zika.

Right now, Zika has been reported in most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia as well as several counties in southern Florida and southern Texas.

Recommended

  • Iranian Airline Inks Deal with Boeing to Buy 60 Planes

    Iranian Airline Inks Deal with Boeing to Buy 60 Planes

    From 1995 to 2014, the US sacrificed between $203.1 and $271.8 billion in potential export revenues to Iran . Plane makers typically offer steep discounts, and the real value of the deal could be significantly lower.
    Ralph Lauren to shut down Fifth Avenue Polo store

    Ralph Lauren to shut down Fifth Avenue Polo store

    The remaining product at the 711 Fifth Avenue store will be moved to the 867 Madison Avenue flagship and other NYC area stores. This is in addition to another $180 million to $220 million in savings that it announced last June 7.
    Supporting Guamanians affected by autism

    Supporting Guamanians affected by autism

    According to Autism Society of Alabama, more than 50,000 Alabamians are now affected by autism spectrum disorders and there is no cure.
  • Maryland House passes bill that would add medical marijuana licenses

    Maryland House passes bill that would add medical marijuana licenses

    Shott said he also intentionally crafted significant fees for opening a dispensary or begin a medical marijuana growing operation. Cheryl Glenn is the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and House bill's sponsor.

    Chicago police seek 2nd teen in Facebook sexual assault case

    Police have since moved the girl and her family to a " safe space " after she was getting taunted and threatened. Following the assault, the victim received harassing messages on social media, causing the victim more distress.
    Three storm chasers killed in crash at remote intersection

    Three storm chasers killed in crash at remote intersection

    But one such pursuit ended tragically when three men were killed as their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads. For years, CNN and other national news networks have purchased tornado videos shot by freelance storm chasers.
  • AOL plus Yahoo to equal new 'Oath'

    AOL plus Yahoo to equal new 'Oath'

    Department of Justice indicted four men, including two officers with Russia's FSB security agency, in connection with those hacks. Armstrong also said we'll soon "see something special" on Oath.com, which now appears to be owned by someone else.
    Bob Dylan accepts 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at last

    Bob Dylan accepts 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at last

    Now, six months after the announcement was made, Dylan finally has his award in his hands. Ostergren said, "It went very well indeed...[Dylan is] a very nice, kind man".
    LeBron, Cavs end rough March with 122-105 win over 76ers

    LeBron, Cavs end rough March with 122-105 win over 76ers

    NUGGETS 116, HEAT 113: Danilo Gallinari scored 29 points, Nikola Jokic and Wilson Chandler each added 19, and Denver won in Miami. In his comments, James also praised Griffin for finding creative ways to add players like Derrick Williams, Timofey Mozgov, J.R.
  • Woman dies in Mississippi storm during 911 call

    Martin Parish Sheriff's Office shows a building damaged by a tornado that went through Breaux Bridge, La ., Sunday, April 2, 2017. The woman called 911 as her auto went down, but rescuers were unable to reach her in time in the heavily wooded area, he said.
    Working together to stop distracted driving

    Working together to stop distracted driving

    The bucket truck effort alone on Wednesday netted 26 violators of which 14 were for distracted driving and several for seatbelts. If you get caught with your cell phone to your ear or texting, you could face a $136 fine.
    Supreme Court ruling boosts protections for students with disabilities

    Supreme Court ruling boosts protections for students with disabilities

    Richard Durbin of IL called Endrew F . "To suggest I have some animus against children, senator, would be a mistake", he said. He said some of his colleagues are frustrated that Gorsuch hasn't revealed more about where he stands on certain issues.

A reporter congratulated Rafael Nadal on a win after he lost A reporter congratulated Rafael Nadal on a win after he lost Elena Vesnina won Indian Wells and Johanna Konta won Key Biscayne, and for both players, it was the biggest title of her career. Meanwhile, Federer is slated to miss the clay-court season and participate only at Roland Garros before the Wimbledon.

Equal Pay Day is Not Equal At All for Women of Color An important bill pending in Congress would help women uncover and challenge discriminatory wage practices. Derek Slap of West Hartford says the gender wage gap on average costs CT women more than $10,000.

Toxic attack kills 58 in Syria, military denies involvement Toxic attack kills 58 in Syria, military denies involvement The doctor, who can not be named for security reasons, said tests were needed to identify if sarin gas was to blame. Tuesday s attack cast new doubt on the peace process, said the opposition s chief negotiator Mohamad Sabra.

BioWare Outsourced Mass Effect Andromeda Animation Work, Relied Heavily on New Technology BioWare Outsourced Mass Effect Andromeda Animation Work, Relied Heavily on New Technology Bioware has come with a new bunch of details on the Mass Effect: Andromeda which has a mix of both good and bad elements. BioWare also promised additional patches and regular support in the next two months to cover additional in-game issues.

Hammers to offer Antonio hike in wages Other than that, Bilic does not have any fresh injury concerns going into the match against the Gunners. The Hammers now have 33 points from 30 games, 17 fewer than they did at this stage last season.

Marvel's Jessica Jones: When will season 2 premiere on Netflix? Marvel's Jessica Jones: When will season 2 premiere on Netflix? Certainly, sticking with the same old story and characters hasn't made things any more interesting for Iron Fist. In the wake of Iron Fist's massive misfire and many issues coming to light now, it's getting even more attention.

Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio Coming Out April 6? Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio Coming Out April 6? Of course, as with all rumours, we'd advise that you take this with a large sprinkling of that proverbial salt. According to several sources Microsoft is set to unveil some Project Scorpio-related news this week.

Everton defender Funes Mori sidelined for rest of season Everton defender Funes Mori sidelined for rest of season Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will miss Saturday's Merseyside derby with Everton while Daniel Sturridge is also still absent. Funes Mori has made 23 appearances for in-form Everton in the Premier League this season.

After acting and singing, Priyanka Chopra tries her hand at painting After acting and singing, Priyanka Chopra tries her hand at painting Beyonce topped the list of 30 most handsome women featured by website Buzznet selected through a readers' poll. Priyanka is now awaiting the release of her Hollywood debut film Baywatch .

Jim Ross Signs With WWE For Two Years Jim Ross Signs With WWE For Two Years The 52-year-old, whose real name is Mark William Calaway, leaves the sport after more than 26 years of Tombstones and Chokeslams. In an interview with Fox Sports , Jim Ross confirmed that his return at WrestleMania 33 wasn't just a one off.

Oil set for biggest weekly gain in 2017 as OPEC eyes extension Still, prices are down about 6 per cent for the first three months of 2017, the biggest quarterly loss since late 2015. The impact of this production curb was largely ineffective due to rising U.S. production during the same time.

Multiple suspects at large after United States shooting The others who were injured have since been treated and released from a local hospital, according to local news outlet Fox 19 . There was a shooting inside the club on New Year's Day in 2015 and in the parking lot in September that same year.

Lawyer tapped for Education role helped Trump campaign attack Clinton Lawyer tapped for Education role helped Trump campaign attack Clinton The tweet comes after the president said Sunday that "the real story turns out to be surveillance and leaking ". He has continued to push back against reports on his campaign's ties to Russian Federation .

Dishonored 2 to get Free Trial This Week Dishonored 2 to get Free Trial This Week Three missions might not sound like a whole lot of content, but Dishonored 2 only contains nine missions in its entirety. The free trial can be downloaded from Dishonored 2 's store page on the PSN Store , Xbox Marketplace , and Steam .

Rob Gronkowski invades the ring as WrestleMania Rob Gronkowski invades the ring as WrestleMania Rob Gronkowski has been helping a WWE star train for Wrestlemania , but he's apparently been prepping himself as well. Brady finally caught Gronkowski on the edge of the outfield grass and again, had his Super Bowl jersey back.