The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to expand the use of ultrasounds to monitor pregnant women for the virus during pregnancy.
The Centers of Disease Control announced Monday that it will also begin testing for covid infection during pregnancy after the CDC announced earlier this month that the agency would begin using the technology.
The agency said in a statement that the ultrasound technology “will help us better understand the risks associated with Zika transmission during pregnancy.”
The ultrasound technology will help us to better understand and control transmission during early pregnancy.
A new CDC study released Monday found that about 80 percent of pregnant women who are exposed to Zika-carrying mosquitoes in the U.S. tested positive for the Zika virus.
In the United States, Zika is spread primarily through blood transfusions and is spread by mosquitoes that can carry the virus from person to person.
Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and a low head circumference.
The CDC reported in June that the number of babies born with microcephelas increased by 50 percent in the first three months of this year, after a Zika outbreak was first detected in Brazil in the summer of 2015.
The virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of an infected mosquito, but the mosquito can transmit other diseases through direct contact with the blood of an affected person.