Zika Virus And Pregnancy

Zika Virus And Pregnancy

Travel Alert Warning for Pregnant Women. Owing to Zika outbreaks, the Centre for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised the risk of being affected by the Zika virus to Level 2 in several countries. There is no vaccine against this virus.

What is Zika?

Zika is a disease which can be very dangerous for pregnant woman. This virus is spread mostly by the bite of infected mosquitos (Aedes). Zika can be passed from the mother to the foetus and can be the cause of certain birth defects.

How Do You Get The Zika Virus?

Zika can be transmitted:

From the mother to the foetus.

Sexually.

By affected mosquitos (this type of mosquito bites day and night).

Through blood transfusions.


Zika Symptoms:

You will not die from Zika and you probably won’t need to go to the hospital. The warning is for the foetus, according to the CDC. The foetus may develop neurodevelopmental abnormalities. It is also linked to other problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth and other defects. 1 in 7 babies born to women infected with Zika virus whilst pregnant had one or more health problems.
Zika Symptoms:

Fever.

Rash

Headache

Joint pain

Red eyes

Muscle pain


When you have had the virus once, you are unlikely to have it again. How do you diagnose the virus Zika? The first question you need to answer is whether you have visited one of the affected overseas countries. List of the risk countries. A blood or urine test can reveal the virus. Symptoms from Zika is similar to other illnesses from mosquitos like Dengue and Chikungunya. Tests need to be done to look for several types of infections.

Where You Can Find Zika Virus?

This virus is spreading quickly. For now, 90 countries are at risk, but I know they have found some cases in the South of France. This is the list of affected countries:

Africa:

Angola, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda

Asia:

Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Vietnam

The Caribbean:

Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Barbados; Bonaire; British Virgin Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory; Saba; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Eustatius; Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; US Virgin Islands

Central America:

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

North America:

Mexico

The Pacific Islands:

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga

South America:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela

How Do You Protect Against Zika Virus?

The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to not be bitten by mosquitos. You can wear long sleeved clothes. You can also use mosquito repellents. Don’t use this on children under 2 years and always read the instructions of use. 

Product recommended by CDC DEET

In the bedroom, you can spray mosquito killer and close the door, stay outside and leave the product to take effect. If you have a screen to put on the widow, it is a good idea to keep the window open. You can buy a mosquito net to put over the bed. We use this one often as it is very good quality and easy to handle. Use condoms to prevent sexual transmission.

If You Want To Travel In An At Risk Country:

– If you want to become pregnant or if you are pregnant, you should avoid travelling to an at risk country.

Check the CDC web site for latest information before travelling.

– Take protection for windows and beds with you.

– Take condoms with you.


Links to U.S. and International Governmental Resources

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