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279 pregnant women in the US now have the Zika virus


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Zika virus can be carried by certain mosquitos. (coniferconifer/Flickr)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now saying there are 279 cases of the Zika virus in pregnant women in the US. In 50 states, 157 women are affected, while 122 of the pregnant women with Zika are in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and other US territories.

Obama is seeking $1.9 billion to fight the Zika--and Congress has yet to deliver. The House and Senate are working on allocating funding, but what they're agreeing to comes below Obama's requested amount.

The CDC is monitoring the nearly 300 women who are at risk for pregnancy complications and post-birth abnormalities like microcephaly, a condition related to stunted brain development (babies are born with smaller than usual heads).

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279 pregnant women in the US now have the Zika virus

Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry’s team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She’s the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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