Questions grow about Zika's risk to future pregnancy

March 4, 2016 6:11 AM

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Questions grow about Zika's risk to future pregnancy

LOS ANGELES Few women have competed in the Olympics while pregnant, but the suspicion that the Zika virus in mothers is causing birth defects is central to calculations by athletes and others planning travel to Brazil in August for the summer games.

Chief among their concerns is whether Zika, unlike similar mosquito-borne viruses, can be transmitted sexually, or remain latent in the body - possibly presenting a risk for women who become pregnant after the Olympics have ended.

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