(SL) – Health officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating 14 possible new cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus – including several cases in pregnant women.
Two of the reported cases have been confirmed in women whose only known risk factor was sexual contact with an ill male partner.
The World Health Organization declared the Zika outbreak in the Americas an international public health emergency, on February 1.
It came amid mounting concerns over a link between the virus and the severe birth defect, microcephaly – where babies are born with smaller than usual heads, and often brain damage.
A vaccine for ZIKA won’t be available for another few years.