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    Officials monitoring two Minnesota women who contracted Zika virus while pregnant

    Health Lorna Benson ˇ May 26, 2016

    State health officials are monitoring two Minnesota women who contracted the Zika virus while pregnant.

    The mosquito-born infection can cause severe brain damage in developing fetuses. One woman has already had her baby. And so far there are no signs of a problem with that child, or in the other pregnancy.

    Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says the agency will track the mothers and babies for a year.

    "Since this is a new virus, a new infection that we don't know it's natural history, we're going to have to follow some of these babies a lot longer than we would normally," Ehlinger said.

    The Health Department is using funds from its maternal and child health program to monitor the women.
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    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05...irus-minnesota
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