2 babies born in Calif. with Zika-related birth defects

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LOS ANGELES – Two babies with microcephaly were born in California after their mothers were infected with the Zika virus, health officials announced Thursday.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the mothers traveled to countries with known Zika-related outbreaks. No other details regarding the mothers and their babies were provided by health officials, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Thirteen babies with Zika-related birth defects have been born in the United States since July 21, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Since February, the mosquito-borne illness has spread to countries in the Americas and has been declared an international public health emergency, Times reported.

Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to countries with the Zika outbreak.

CDC officials issued a travel warning to Miami, Florida Tuesday after more than a dozen people were infected. Some airlines changed travel policies – some offering refunds — based on the outbreak.

County health officials confirmed that the two cases were not in San Diego.


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