Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pregnant Canadian woman, who was refused Zika test after Brazil trip, may choose abortion

 Officials spray pesticide to kill mosquito larvae on Jan. 29, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since October, Brazil has recorded 3,893 suspected cases of the virus - which can lead to stillbirths, as well as long-lasting developmental and health problems among survivors. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images
TORONTO — A pregnant Canadian who travelled to Brazil in December says she is facing aborting her baby because she has been refused testing for the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency.
   The Toronto woman says the test for the mosquito-spread infection — strongly suspected to cause abnormally small heads in newborns — could help put her mind at some ease.
   Without it, “We are going to be left with the option of terminating what could be a perfectly healthy pregnancy, because we are just completely unwilling to take the chance,” the woman told the Post...Read more...

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