Zika Virus and Your Unborn Child

Zika VirusThe Zika virus is a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family, genus Flavivirus. The virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito-Aedes species. The mosquito is an aggressive daytime biter and feeds both indoors and outdoors near dwellings. Both humans and animals and human-to-vector-to-human transmission occur during outbreaks.

The cause for alarm is women for who are pregnant and infants as Zika can be passed during pregnancy putting the child at risk for a possible congenital infection and neurologic abnormalities. The Zika virus has also been diagnosed via sexual transmission and blood transmissions. Zika has also been found in asymptomatic blood donors during an ongoing epidemic.

Zika virus disease has become a nationally notifiable condition in 2016. Healthcare providers are encouraged to report cases to local state, and the state is encouraged to report laboratory-confirmed cases to the CDC.

Symptoms

1 in 5 people can be infected with Zika virus and will become ill the most common symptoms of Zika are:

Diagnosis

See your doctor is you develop the symptoms or have traveled recently. Your doctor may see it prudent to order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.

Safe Sex Guidelines

The World Health Organization’s safe sex guidelines for those who are returning from Zika-affected areas recommends doubling the abstinence time from having sex; the initially suggested four weeks to eight weeks. Scientists have come to this conclusion from finding that the Zika Virus lingers longer in blood and other bodily fluids than previously thought. To ensure your partner’s safety and the safety of a potential pregnancy, seriously consider the following recommendations.

Treatment

There is not a vaccine or medicine available at this point to prevent or treat Zika infections.

Treat the Symptoms

The key is to seek diagnosis promptly from a board-certified obstetrician if you are pregnant or have just given birth.

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