The CDC has admitted quite a few things this week about Zika and nothing’s good about the current situation. Isn’t it fascinating how the legacy media suddenly stopped reporting on this scourge? Anything that exposes Obama for the incompetent fraud he was is buried by the media, even when dealing with a pandemic virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been 43,485 laboratory confirmed cases of the Zika virus in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. Breitbart News noted earlier this week that the virus had appeared in over 100 California cities.
Most Americans had assumed the only Zika virus hot zone in the U.S. was an area around Miami, Florida. But the combination of high immigration and warmer weather has resulted in the two species of invasive (non-native) mosquito species that can transmit Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever now being confirmed in 10 California counties.
Every state in the U.S. now has Zika cases. Florida is still the leader with 1,114 cases; followed by New York with 1,016 cases; and California a fast-rising third with 529 cases. Wyoming and South Dakota are tied for least number of Zika cases, at just 2 each.
The CDC disclosed for the first time that there is a new elevated risk factor for pandemic Zika virus transmission is due to 363 individuals confirmed to be infected with Zika virus, are known to have donated to U.S. public blood banks.
Additionally, the CDC is saying the risk of birth defects is greater than expected. Of course it is. In the beginning the federal government constantly downplayed the enormity of this horror, I contend, so it would not affect Obama’s massive immigration push. But now that Obama’s gone, we’re told how serious things really are.
A new study has found that in the U.S., one out of every ten pregnant women with a confirmed Zika virus infection may go on to have a baby with serious birth defects.
The report, published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analyzes data from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, a database that epidemiologists have been using to track pregnancy outcomes among Zika-affected women living in the U.S. It is the largest study so far of pregnancy outcomes in American women infected with Zika, and experts say its key findings are a cause for concern: not only is the risk of birth defects even higher than expected, but many doctors and families are skipping the tests needed to keep newborns safe.
“Zika may seem like last year’s problem or an issue confined to Brazil and parts of the Caribbean,” says CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat, M.D. “[But] our findings reinforce that this is not the time to be complacent.”
Those numbers mark a 20-30-fold increase in birth defects compared with the baseline rate in the continental U.S. But experts say they may still be a gross underestimation of the actual risk: According to data from the registry, just one-fourth of the babies whose mothers showed some evidence of Zika infection during pregnancy received brain imaging tests after they were born.
The CDC recommends that all such babies receive a head ultrasound or CT within their first year of life, to monitor for brain defects that may not be evident at birth. (The agency also recommends that all babies born to Zika-exposed mothers be tested for Zika themselves at birth; the current report found that at least one-third of doctors and families also skipped this test).
For reasons that health officials have yet to determine, doctors and patients have largely ignored that advice. And because those scans weren’t done in a majority of cases, it’s impossible to say what portion of babies who initially appeared healthy eventually developed problems.
Why did they not take the threat of Zika seriously? Because it was originally downplayed and the media began to ignore it. That’s why.