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Your Healthy Family: Health officials update on Zika virus

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The Zika virus was once again a topic of discussion on Capitol Hill.
The heads of both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke to a senate subcommittee about Zika Thursday.
President Obama has asked congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help combat Zika, which is strongly suspected of causing severe birth defects.
The virus has spread rapidly via mosquitoes in Latin America. 
Public health experts predict small outbreaks in parts of the U.S. but are most concerned about Puerto Rico.
"We think there is a real possibility that at some point in the coming months and we can't predict with certainty when -- it could happen very soon, it could happen months later -- but at some point we may well see tens or hundreds of thousands of Zika infections in Puerto Rico," said Tom Frieden, MD, CDC Director. 
The CDC also say it found Zika in the placentas of two U.S. women who'd miscarried after traveling in Zika hot zones.

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