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WFLA wrote: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Fears among pregnant women are rising now that more-and-more cases of the Zika Virus are confirmed in Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Fears among pregnant women are rising now that more-and-more cases of the Zika Virus are confirmed in Florida.

To combat those fears, members of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County are teaming up with state doctors to go over questions and concerns with pregnant women.

On CNN’s follow-up report, problem on funding was disclosed:  Lawmakers hoping for a quick resolution in the talks to fund the government and provide a federal response to Zika were disappointed Monday when negotiators, who had worked through the weekend, said they would need more time to agree. Read the story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/19/politics/zika-funding-congress/

WFLA continued: “Right now, I think it’s just a concern,” said Healthy Start Coalition executive director Jane Murphy. “If I were a pregnant woman, I would not go to the Miami area. I’d make sure I was wearing protective clothing,” she said.

Experts suggest pregnant women avoid areas where mosquitos breed and wear bug repellent.

The virus has the potential of causing microcephaly in an unborn child. It can have a severe impact on the development of a child’s brain.

The Florida Department of Health reports more than 80 cases of Zika involving pregnant women.

The Coalition is holding a seminar to discuss issues about the virus at noon on Friday at the Stetson University Tampa Law Center.

Reference: http://wfla.com/2016/09/09/pregnant-women-increasingly-concerned-about-zika-in-florida/

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