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Your Healthy Family: New information on Zika virus


The nation's top public health officials revealed new information on the Zika virus Wednesday, fresh evidence it might be responsible for a rare birth defect.
They continue to stress the threat is mostly limited to pregnant women.
Most infected people won't even know they had the virus, but that's also part of the problem of tracking its spread.
The director of the CDC revealed Zika was detected in two Brazilian newborns with microcephaly, who died hours after birth.
"This is the strongest evidence to date that Zika is the cause of microcephaly, but it's still not definitive," said Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Work is already underway on a vaccine.
The disease is rapidly spreading across South America, especially in Brazil.
Local doctors and patients are already taking precautions.
Wednesday night on News 5 at 10 p.m. Kelsey Kennedy looks into travel restrictions ahead of spring break. 
"In Colorado, especially in the dead of winter, we don't have to worry about mosquitoes, but we do have patients that travel, especially to Mexico, which is part of the CDC's cautionary area at this point," said Dr. Laura Klein, Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine UCHealth Memorial Hospital. 
Wednesday, Oregon joined 12 other states in confirming travel-related Zika cases.

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