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For pregnant Central American migrants, Zika doesn't rank high on list of concerns

In Ana Patricia Gomez Diaz's El Salvador, the government has advised women to avoid pregnancy for two years because of concerns about the Zika virus, but the mother of two with the kind smile was already pregnant and en route to the United States over a month before the alarm sounded.

Speaking at a shelter in southern Mexico in March, Gomez Diaz, now seven months pregnant, said she'd never heard of the virus, which health experts suspect can cause severe birth defects in babies born to mothers exposed during pregnancy.

El Salvador, along with other countries affected by Zika, has waged a campaign to inform and track pregnant women who may have been exposed to the virus. But...

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