More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women have Zika

More than 25,000 people are infected in Colombia, President Santos says, among them 3,177 are pregnant.

    Pregnant women infected with Zika may risk having babies born with microcephaly [Schneyder Mendoza/EPA]
    Pregnant women infected with Zika may risk having babies born with microcephaly [Schneyder Mendoza/EPA]

    More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

    The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus' brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine or treatment.

    There are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Colombia, Santos said.

    There are 25,645 people infected with the disease in Colombia, Santos said on Saturday during a TV broadcast with health officials, among them 3,177 pregnant women.


    What is the Zika virus?


    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?