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The Latest: Pregnant woman found with Zika in Spain


Associated Press

11:31 EST, 4 February 2016

11:31 EST, 4 February 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the mosquito-born Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain deformities in babies (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Spanish officials say a pregnant woman is among the seven people identified as being infected with the Zika virus there after visiting affected countries.

The Health Ministry says in a statement that the woman traveled to Colombia, was presumably infected during the trip and is in her second trimester of pregnancy.

The statement Thursday said she was under medical supervision in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

It did not further disclose details about her condition or the condition of her unborn child.

The ministry says the number of cases diagnosed so far are within expectations and do not pose a risk for the virus to be spread in Spain.

International health authorities are trying to determine if the mosquito-borne illness is linked to birth defects in Brazil.


1:20 p.m.

A Brazilian health workers union has called off a strike because it could affect the country’s battle against the fast-spreading Zika virus.

The union’s members include workers who go door-to-door in Rio de Janeiro trying to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika.

Union leader Sandro Cezar said Thursday that the organization decided to cancel the planned stoppage because it doesn’t want to affect the Brazilian people.

The union had threatened to strike if the national health ministry failed to meet demands for better work conditions by Thursday.

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