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'Significant' Zika cases likely in Puerto Rico: CDC

1:27am IST - 00:57

CDC Director Tom Frieden says U.S. will likely see ''significant numbers'' of Zika virus cases in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Tom Frieden, the Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), told a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday that the CDC would need additional resources to understand the Zika Virus, and prevent its spread into the U.S.. He told members of the subcommittee hearing in Washington that the dangers posed by the Zika virus to the U.S. are real. "We will likely see significant numbers of cases in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, where there may be intensive spread of Zika," Frieden said. Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly. Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems. Researchers have identified evidence of Zika infection in 17 of these cases, either in the baby or in the mother, but have not confirmed that Zika can cause microcephaly.

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'Significant' Zika cases likely in Puerto Rico: CDC

1:27am IST - 00:57