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Zika and Women’s Health

August 4, 2016, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

As the threat Zika virus escalates, domestic response efforts have focused primarily on environmental health concerns and vector control. However, Zika is also a significant women’s health issue. While primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, the virus can also be transmitted sexually from men to their partners, or perinatally, leading to severe birth defects, such as microcephaly. The Center for American Progress has estimated that more than 2 million pregnant women in the United States are potentially at risk of infection with the Zika virus this summer and fall. Currently, there are almost 600 pregnant women being monitored for the Zika virus, and seven infants have been born with microcephaly in the United States and its territories.

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