U.S. boosts study of Zika, birth defect link, as virus seen spreading

January 26, 2016 7:16 PM

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U.S. boosts study of Zika, birth defect link, as virus seen spreading

CHICAGO U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts to study the link between Zika virus infections and birth defects in infants amid predictions for widespread circulation of the mosquito-borne virus within the United States during warmer months.

The U.S. Director of the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday called for intensified efforts to study the impact of Zika infections, citing a recent study estimating the virus could reach regions where 60 percent of the U.S. population lives.

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