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Pregnant Women infected with Zika Virus has doubled in US

The latest numbers represent a significant increase from last week, when the CDC reported 113 women in all U.S. states and D.C. and 65 in U.S. territories.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media after receiving a briefing on the ongoing response to the Zika virus from members of his public health team, Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Credit VOA
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Federal health officials say the number of women in the United States with the Zika virus has more than doubled, due to a change in the way the cases are counted.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported Friday there are now 157 women infected with the virus in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and 122 cases in U.S. territories – mostly in Puerto Rico.

The latest numbers represent a significant increase from last week, when the CDC reported 113 women in all U.S. states and D.C. and 65 in U.S. territories.

Officials are now counting all pregnant women who test positive in the U.S. and its territories, whether or not they show symptoms. Previously, only pregnant women who had positive blood tests and Zika symptoms were counted.

The CDC said it changed its counting method out of concern that one type of blood test could produce false positive results if women were infected with a similar virus.

U.S. health experts have determined that the mosquito-borne virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that can result in severe brain abnormalities and developmental problems in babies.

The CDC said it dramatically ramped up its capacity to test for the Zika virus in preparation for the summer mosquito season.

This is the first time the agency had disclosed the number of infected pregnant women in the U.S. and and its territories.

In Washington, President Barack Obama received a briefing on Zika from members of his public health team.

Molecular evolution of Zika Virus during its emergence in 20th century. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Molecular evolution of Zika Virus during its emergence in 20th century. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

“We don’t know all of the potential effects; we do know they are serious. Right now what we have seen is a little over 500 cases of Zika in the continental United States and they all appear to be travel-related, not mosquito transmitted,” Obama said.

He also urged Congress to pass a bill to increase emergency funding to tackle Zika.

“Congress needs to get me a bill. It needs to get me a bill that has the sufficient funds to get me a job,” Obama said, adding that Zika ” is not something where we can build a wall to prevent—mosquitoes don’t go through customs.” (VOA)

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In these modern times women are now opting for higher education and are in constant pursuit of career objectives. As a result their decision to raise a family takes a backseat and there are chances that later on in life, fertility issues arise. However, at times even some medically fit couples can have issues regarding fertility. Their desire to get an offspring drives them to visit fertility clinics in metropolitan towns. But it is best visit reputed clinic which have a team of highly educated and tech savvy medical professionals. Fertility clinic in Chennai and Fertility clinic in Bangalore enjoy a very trustworthy reputation where child- less couples can get good guidance and latest treatments.

Fertility clinic in Chennai has gained significant recognition for its robust infrastructure and a team of skilled doctors. This clinic is equipped with innovative fertility technologies and is committed to deliver positive outcomes and.  In fact Fertility clinic in Bangalore also boast of an eminent group of fertility specialists, IVF doctors and experienced embryologists. They are known to provide a highly personalised and accurate fertility solutions to the couples Latest techniques and cutting edge technologies are employed by expert   medical professionals for treatments in these clinics.

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Generally the reasons for infertility can be categorised as;

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  • Problem due to Endometriosis: In this case the menstruation happens in the ovaries inside the body causing cysts and thus infertility.
  • Problems related to Males: These include low sperm counts, or reduced sperm motility or complete absence of sperm counts.
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A multitude of treatments are offered in Fertility clinic in Chennai and Bangalore such as

  • Tubal evaluation,
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  • Embryo cryopreservation
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The treatments conducted in Fertility clinic in Chennai and fertility clinic in Bangalore enhance the success rates especially in women who have crossed the age of 35 or in women    who have previous history of miscarriages. These clinics has indeed helped multitude of couples to conceive and enjoy a family.  Various procedures are performed in a comfortable, congenial and hygienic atmosphere. The treatments being implemented in these clinics employ the most advanced and ground breaking technologies and best of laboratory facilities. The clinic’s innovative research and personalized care has set the benchmark for providing best fertility treatment in India.