Concerns about miscarriages and Zika


SAMANTHA PTASHKIN, KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS. NOW TO THE LATEST ON THE ZIKA VIRUS. NEW CONCERNS AFTER TWO AMERICAN WOMEN SUFFERED MISCHAIRINGS AFTER GETTING THE DISEASE WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD. AT HOME THERE IS NEW EVIDENCE MORE PEOPLE ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVESS FROM THE VIRUS. HAILEY HERNANDEZ IS JOINING US TO EXPLAIN. WE KNOW THE ZIKA VIRUS IS IN HOUSTON. WITH ONLY SEVEN CONFIRMING TO HAVE OR HAD THE ILLNESS. ONE LOCAL COMPANY SAYS THEIR INCREASE IN BUSINESS IS A REFLECTION OF THE PUBLIC’S CONCERN. IT LOOKS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER METE JOE DIDN’T EXPECT TO BE DOING THIS UNTIL A MONTH. WE OPENED LAST WEEK BECAUSE THE PHONES WENT OFF THE HOOK. FACEBOOK, E-MAILS, ALL DRIVEN FROM ZIKA. THE CONCERN IS NO SURPRISE WITH NEWS THAT TWO AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CONTRACTED ZIKA WERE TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY MISCARED. THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN BRAZIL, ACCORDING TO THE CDC. FEDERAL OFFICIALS HAVE NOT KNOWN OF MISCHAIRINGS IN AMERICAN TRAVELERS AND ARE CONCERNED. AT SOME POINT, AND WE CAN’T PREDICT, BUT ASSUME IT COULD HAPPEN MONTHS LATER BUT SOME POINT WE MAY SEE TENS OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ZIKA INFECTIONS IN PUERTO RICO. RESEARCHERS PROVED THE LINK BETWEEN TIN SECTS AND MICROCEPHALY. THIS IS IMPORTANT AS THE LINK HAS BEEN SUSPECTED BUT NOT CONFIRMED. HERE IN HOUSTON THERE HASN’T BEEN MOSQUITO TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS OF THE VIRUS, WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE DISEASE AT BAY. WE ARE LOOKING AT EARLY NUMBERS, SAYING WE PROBABLY WANT TO EXTEND QUICKLY IN SPRING. BRAZIL’S HEALTH MINISTER IS PUSHING FOR A VACCINE. FULL CLINICAL TRIALS WITHIN A YEAR. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH IN GALVESTON TO GET THAT INTO CIRCULATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HAILEY, THANK YOU. CONSUMER REPORTS HAS COMPILED A LIST OF WHAT THEY CALL THE BEST MOSQUITO REPELLENT. THEY TESTED 15.

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