CDC considers issuing travel warning for pregnant women due to Zika virus


CDC considers issuing travel warning for pregnant women due to Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control is expected to warn women who are pregnant or hope to become pregnant - to avoid traveling through big regions of Latin America and the Caribbean because of a mosquito-born virus that is spreading fast.

It’s called the “Zika” virus, and the impact on newborn babies is heart-breaking.

The photographs capture heartbreak and fear. Babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains who often die.

Health experts believe mosquitos are spreading the Zika virus, infecting pregnant mothers who then pass it on to unborn babies.

Now, with the Rio summer Olympics just months away, the military has been called out to dump out stagnant water and warn women to protect themselves from mosquitos.

So what is the Zika virus? It’s believed to have originated in Uganda, but quickly spread to other warm, humid climates.

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It is in 12 countries in Latin America and as said, the summer Olympics will be held in Brazil. Something to take note of.


what about people travelling to those countries coming here?
I don’t plan on attending the Olympics anyway.


It seems to be spread by mosquitoes, and not person to person.


oh ok. so where do the mosquitos pick up the virus from?


I don’t know. :slight_smile:

From the CDC:

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries. In December 2015, Puerto Rico reported its first confirmed Zika virus case. Locally transmitted Zika has not been reported elsewhere in the United States, but cases of Zika have been reported in returning travelers.

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus (see map) or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.


if there are cases in Mexico I would think not long before we see cases in our southern states. it sounds like the symptoms are mild, but definitely a problem if a pregnant woman contracts it and passes it to her unborn baby.

thanks for the link.


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