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Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil.
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«What we know about Zika is scary,» Frieden said during the Monday news conference, adding that this is the first time a mosquito bite has been known to be linked to a birth defect.
«But in some ways what we don’t know about Zika is even more unsettling,» he said. «We don’t know the long term impact Zika may have on children born to infected mothers who don’t have obvious signs of microcephaly, and these effects may only become apparent months or years in the future.»When Curry finds that a patient has been to a place where there is active Zika transmission, she talks to her about getting a test usually a blood test that will determine whether she has the Zika antibodies or active virus in her system.
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There’s a lot of conversation about next steps and, depending on the trimester, the mother’s option to terminate the pregnancy. Curry says it’s helpful to have a family member present.
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