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A Virus in Latin America is having a Serious Effect on Unborn Babies

A virus, which has serious effects on pregnant women, is spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. While the virus is not fatal to pregnant women, unborn children are developing birth defects and, in some cases, dying right after birth or in the womb.

The Zika virus is causing chaos for pregnant women in Latin America, especially Brazil.

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The virus, like dengue fever, is transmitted by mosquitos, not person-to-person contact.

The Zika virus is a nightmare for unborn babies. If a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, her fetus may develop microcephaly.

Microcephaly is a condition which causes incomplete brain growth in the womb.

Children born with microcephaly have one thing in common: their heads are smaller than healthy children.

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The Washington Post reported that 29 babies in Brazil died from the microcephaly in 2015. Autopsies performed on some of the babies proved the link of the Zika virus and microcephaly.

The first transmission case in Puerto Rico was reported in December 2015, bringing the virus closer to the US and proving that it can spread.

The first case of a child born with the microcephaly in the US was reported in Hawaii this week.

There have been no local transmissions of the virus in Hawaii or the US, but experts are mindful of the warmer months in tropical areas like Florida and Hawaii.

The fast spread of the virus led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue travel alerts to all people traveling to Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.

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The travel alerts are at level 2 out of 3, urging travelers to take extra precaution when visiting any of the affected countries.

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