Babies exposed to Zika developed microcephaly after birth, CDC saysBy Sheila Mcguire Nov 26, 2016
This research has since linked Zika to Guillain-Barré syndrome in some adults and the severe birth defect in babies, microcephaly.
Scott believed a vaccine offers the cure for Zika.
Officials lifted the warning on Tuesday, saying more than 45 days had passed since they have found a new last local case of the mosquito-borne infection.
Eleven of these babies were diagnosed with microcephaly - an abnormally small head and brain - and other neurologic complications associated with Zika syndrome, the researchers reported.
The Department of Health said Florida has had 1,201 reported cases of Zika, with 10 new "travel related" cases reported Tuesday.
The developments come after the World Health Organization declared the global Zika emergency over on Friday, because the link between Zika and microcephaly has been confirmed. "Pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus should be tested for Zika infection even if they do not have symptoms".
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A meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly under the International Health Regulations was held on November 18th, resulting in the situation being downgraded from an emergency to an issue requiring longer-term research and management.
"All of Miami-Dade remains a yellow area and pregnant women are eligible for Zika virus testing".
"We had a Zika forum at the Fontainebleau Hotel yesterday", Talbert said. Investigators are working to determine what proportion of Zika-infected women have babies with birth defects, and how the risk varies based on when during the pregnancy the infection occurred.
The findings from the US and Brazilian research team underscore the need for continuing evaluation of newborns with possible Zika exposure during pregnancy, the CDC release said.
However, both Argentina and Guadeloupe saw new cases of microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the week before the report was published.
The CDC yesterday added the British Caribbean territory Monserrat to its Zika travel alert, following the recent detection of the island's first locally acquired Zika cases.
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