2.1K Pregnant Colombians Infected With Zika
Country now has 21K cases, as virus spreads wildly
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Kerly Ariza, 17 and 20 weeks pregnant, stands at her home in Ibague, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Ariza was diagnosed with clinical symptoms of the Zika virus at a local hospital.   (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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(Newser) – Just days after American scientists warned that the Zika virus was poised to become an "explosive pandemic," the CBC reports that the number of cases in Latin America are soaring into the thousands, with 2,100 pregnant women diagnosed among the 20,000-plus cases reported in Colombia alone. That's up about fourfold from earlier health ministry estimates; about 60% of those infected are women, though there have thus far been no documented cases of microcephaly, the birth defect commonly associated with Zika. Colombia is among countries in the region warning women not to get pregnant in the near future to avoid Zika-related complications. Brazil, meanwhile, is hardest-hit in the region, with some 3,700 cases of microcephaly believed to be caused by Zika. Meanwhile, under the category of those you wouldn't think would be affected by Zika: The Tata auto manufacturer.