Zika on the Spread!! More Locations included for Pregnant women to avoid

Emobileclinic Health News:

 Center for Disease and prevention has added more destinations to countries/states where pregnant women should not visit at any stage of their pregnancy. This brings the number to 22 locations.

The newly included locations are Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Guyana; Cape Verde, off the coast of western Africa; and Samoa in the South Pacific. Last week’s alert included Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname and Venezuela.



According to CDC, pregnant women should postpone their trips to these destinations because of Zika virus which has been linked with microcephaly. The affected newborns usually have small heads and abnormal brain development. The virus is spread by mosquito and thus all travelers are advised to take precautions, including using repellent and wearing long sleeves and long pants, to avoid mosquito bites.

 Zika illness can cause fever, rash and joint pain but most people don’t show symptoms. There’s no specific treatment; the infection is not contagious by physical contact but penetrate into the womb to cause brain damage to the fetus.


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