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Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women

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Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP
The statistical analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-14 that spread to 2/3 of the population is the most rigorous attempt yet to quantify the risk of microcephaly

PARIS, France (Mar. 16, 2016) — A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first 3 months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday, March 16.

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Cuba reports first case of Zika

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FIGHTING VIRUSES. Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya, and dengue in Havana on February 23, 2016. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP
The first Zika patient in Cuba is a 28-year-old female doctor from Venezuela

HAVANA, Cuba (Mar. 2, 2016) — Cuba has detected the first case of Zika in a Venezuelan doctor who came to the island for postgraduate studies, the health ministry said Wednesday, March 2.

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Colombia reports almost 43,000 Zika cases

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ZIKA VIRUS. Residents wait outside as health workers fumigate their homes to avoid the spread of the Aedes aegypti in Cali, Colombia, January 28, 2016. File photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA
More than 7,000 of those infected are pregnant

BOGOTA, Colombia (Feb. 28, 2016) — Colombia has registered 42,706 cases of people infected with Zika, including 7,653 in pregnant women, the country’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday, February 27.

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