Transcript for Health Officials Warn Dangers of Zika Virus Growing
Now to a big health alert about the zika virus. Top government health officials sounding the alarm this morning saying the virus is, quote, scarier than they thought and could spread through more of the U.S. Than previously believed. They initially thought 12 states were at risk but now that number growing to 30 and fears it it could rise as the temperature heats up. Here's what offs had to say. Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought. The more and more we learn, the more and more you get concerned of the scope of what this virus is doing. Joining us now with ABC's chief women's health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. I know you're very concerned about this. When you hear top health officials using the word like scarier what's the growing concern here? Well, I mean first of all there are more questions than answers at this time, robin. As you heard the Kays in the U.S. Are up although that is still associated with travel. Summer is coming. There are 4 million babies born in this country every year. So the potential for a lot of people to be affected by this is there and for the country's top doctors to use this kind of language is very significant. We've heard about the small brain size but what more are we learning? We know that zika can affect all stages in pregnancy and think that it also affects the placenta, can affect stillbirth, miscarriage, pregnancy loss and affect the central nervous system. This looks like a very bad actor. What are you telling your patients ask. I have several pregnant patients right now in their first trimester. Control the things you can control. If you can delay or avoid going to the caribbean right now, do so. And then it's all about minimizing exposure, maximizing prevention, especially as we get into the summer months, cover up and use pocket repellant. As you said summer is just about here. It's concerning to obstetricians, women, pregnant people, everyone in the country. Keep an eye on this one.
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