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Friday, 22 January 2016 - 15:55
Zika Virus Leads To Two-Year Pregnancy Warning
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Women in El Salvador are told to avoid getting pregnant as the number of babies born with birth defects spikes.

Health officials in El Salvador have warned women against falling pregnant as authorities struggle to control the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects.

Health authorities in El Salvadore urged women to put off pregnancy until 2018 to avoid the risk of passing on the Zika virus to their children.

Babes suffering from the condition have smaller than normal heads, preventing their brains from developing properly, reportedly.

Travel warnings are in place to over a dozen countries as the virus continues its rampage through South and Central America.

Brazil and Colombia are the worst-affected, although 5,397 cases were detected in El Salvador alone in 2015 and the first few days of this year, foreign media reports.

The warning comes shortly after Colombia also advised women against falling pregnant, but only for six to eight months.

There are 96 suspected cases of pregnant women contracting the virus in El Salvador.

None have so far had babies born with microcephaly.

Last week a baby born with microcephaly in Hawaii became the first newborn to test positive for the Zika virus on US soil. It is understood the mother contracted the virus while in Brazil.

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