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Zika Virus Outbreak

Zika Virus Outbreak

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2 Babies Born With Zika-Related Defects in California

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    Health officials say two babies have been born with Zika-related defects in California.

    The California Department of Public Health said Thursday the infants were born to infected mothers who spent time in countries where the virus is circulating.

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    The city of New Orleans will remove four statues of Confederate-era events and figures in an effort to divorce itself from symbols that some see as problematic. The first statue, the Liberty Place Monument, was taken down early Monday morning. 

    (Published Monday, April 24, 2017)

    Authorities said one of the mothers returned to her home country with the baby. The other remains in California.

    Nineteen other pregnant women in California infected with Zika are being monitored.

    Nationwide, 13 babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The CDC has advised pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.

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    [NATL-DFW] Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Dragging Police Officer

    Body camera footage shows a Florida police officer being dragged by a driver attempting to flee a traffic stop.

    Police said Frank Wetzel, 61, was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign. Police said he started fidgeting with something next to him, making the officer suspicious. He was allegedly later found with a machete and handgun.

    (Published Monday, April 24, 2017)

    Florida is the only U.S. state so far that has reported homegrown Zika transmission by mosquitoes.