Legacy retracts claim that 6 pregnant women tested positive for Zika

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HOUSTON - Legacy Community Health on Friday retracted a previous statement that six women in Harris County have tested positive for the Zika virus this year.

On Thursday, the health care provider said patients were screened for the virus months ago and were pregnant at the time. It said all of the women had traveled outside the country.

Legacy claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the results of preliminary tests that showed the women had contracted the Zika virus.

However, on Friday, the clinic said that after Thursday’s release, Legacy conducted an in-depth review of the cases in conjunction with Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department.

“As a result of that review, we can only confirm the individuals were exposed to a flavivirus, which can include Zika as well as other viruses,” Dr. Ann Barnes, Legacy’s chief medical officer, said in a written statement. “The laboratory results do not provide a conclusive diagnosis that the women became infected specifically with Zika virus. Legacy regrets the error.”

All of the women have given birth, officials said. The condition of their babies was not immediately released.

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