Fetus of pregnant woman infected with Zika not showing symptoms

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:36:26-04

A pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus and her medical team gave the media an update on her pregnancy Monday.

Yessica Lopez was diagnosed with the virus when she was 16 weeks pregnant, after a visit to her native Honduras.

Lopez is under the care of the Zika Response Team at University of Miami Health System.

At 24 weeks pregnant, Dr. Chris Curry, the co-director of the Zika Response Team, said the fetus is not showing signs of an abnormally small head, a birth defect associated with Zika.

"But the ultrasound images thus far have been healthy and normal throughout this pregnancy. She is due in February and so we still have several months to go of repeated ultrasounds and repeated blood tests."

After birth, the Zika Response Team will monitor the baby and conduct regular brain, hearing and sight tests for at least three years.

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