Zika Virus Facts and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Zika Virus Facts and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.  CDC has issued a travel alert for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, and Venezuela. This alert follows reports in Brazil of microcephaly (small head size and abnormal brain development) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.   For more information please visit:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/question-answers.html.

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