Zika Roundup: 1% Microcephaly Rate in First-Trimester Infection, Potential Risk to U.S. Cities — Physician’s First Watch

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March 19, 2016

Zika Roundup: 1% Microcephaly Rate in First-Trimester Infection, Potential Risk to U.S. Cities

By the Editors

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

This week in Zika news:

  • Analysis of the 2013–2014 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia suggested a 1% rate of microcephaly among infants born to women infected with the virus during their first trimester.

  • Researchers published a map detailing the likelihood of low, moderate, or high populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in 50 U.S. cities this summer.

  • Cuba reported its first local transmission of Zika.

  • The CDC revised its travel guidance: Their recommendation that pregnant women postpone travel to Zika-affected countries now applies only to elevations below 2000 meters (6500 feet).

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