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Zika Virus Scarier Than Initially Thought

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The Zika virus is a little scarier than medical experts initially thought, Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, told reporters during a White House briefing on Monday. The virus is now being linked to premature birth, neurological conditions in infants, and eye problems. Exposure is now a concern in the full duration of the pregnancy, not just the first trimester, and the insect, Aedes aegypti, could be more widespread than previously thought.

Juliette Kayyem, National Security expert, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security and host of WGBH’s Security Mom Podcast joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to discuss just how serious the Zika virus is, and if it poses any danger to the United States.  To hear the interview, click on the audio link above.

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