2 out of 9 pregnant travelers with Zika choose abortion

CDC: 2 abortions, 2 miscarriages, 1 deformed baby, 2 healthy babies, 2 expecting


Two out of the nine pregnant travelers infected with the Zika virus chose to have abortions and two suffered miscarriages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.  

Another woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with severe microcephaly, a condition that causes calcifications in the brain and an abnormally small head. Two others delivered healthy babies and two were still pregnant. 

One of the women who chose to have an abortion learned from an ultrasound that the 20-weeks-old fetus had brain abnormalities, according to the CDC. 

"After discussion with her health-care providers, the patient elected to terminate her pregnancy," a CDC representative said in a statement. 

The nine pregnant women were symptomatic and had traveled to a Zika-affected country before their diagnosis, the CDC reported. Three of them lived in Florida. 

Six of them got sick during their first trimester. Doctors couldn't confirm if the Zica virus caused the two women to have miscarriages. Authorities said there were 147 Zika cases in the U.S., as of Friday.