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HEALTH Continues To Monitor Pregnant Women For Zika

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The Rhode Island Department of Health continues to monitor pregnant women who have traveled to areas of the world affected by the Zika virus. The agenc...

  The Rhode Island Department of Health continues to monitor pregnant women who have traveled to areas of the world affected by the Zika virus.

The agency reports monitoring about eight to 10 women a week on average. That means health care providers keep tabs on whether any symptoms develop, and blood samples are typically collected and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.

To date there have been no confirmed cases of Zika virus in Rhode Island. But health officials say they expect there will be some cases eventually, given Rhode Islanders’ connections with Southern and Central America.

A close-up of the Zika virus
A close-up of the Zika virus