Federal health officials announced Friday a total of 279 pregnant women in the United States have tested positive for Zika, meaning their babies are now at risk of being born with birth defects. But the numbers, in the end, may not mean all that much. According to feds, Zika can be easily confused with Dengue – and as such, the figures may be misleading. Regardless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specified 157 of the Zika-infected women hailed from the 50 states and Washington, D.C., while another 122 reside in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories.

The announcement comes on the heels of a federal decision made a while ago for health officials to start reporting Zika related figures on a more regular basis in order to better gauge the actual chances of infected pregnant women giving birth to babies with defects, NBC News said. But here’s the kicker: the numbers may not be true indicators of Zika. READ MORE