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Zika in Babies in US Territories

Zika virus infection (“Zika”) during pregnancy can cause severe health problems in babies, such as birth defects, problems with vision and hearing, seizures, and developmental delays.

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4,800. Over 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories tested positive for Zika from 2016 to 2018.
Over 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018.

1 in 7. About 1 in 7 babies at least one year old had one or more health problems possibly caused by Zika reported.
About 1 in 7 babies had health problems possibly caused by Zika reported, among 1,450 babies at least one year old.

1 in 3. Only 1 in 3 babies at least one year old had the recommended eye exam reported.
Only 1 in 3 babies had the recommended eye exam reported, among 1,450 babies at least one year old.

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  • Page last updated: August 7, 2018
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