CDC Issues Travel Restrictions For Pregnant Women Due To Zika Virus

Posted: Jan 16 2016, 6:20am CST | by , Updated: Jan 16 2016, 6:55am CST, in News | Latest Science News

CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Travel due to Zika Virus
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  • Travel Restrictions on Women who are Expecting due to Zika Virus Outbreak

Travel restrictions have been placed on women who are expecting due to the Zika Virus outbreak.

The CDC has warned pregnant women to avoid trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Central and South America. The Zika Virus has spread in these regions like wildfire and it is wreaking havoc on the local population.

Zika is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Many Brazilian babies infected by the Zika Virus contracted microcephaly. More research is needed though to get to the root of the disease.

Among the nations that are in the grip of this deadly malady may be included: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Pregnant ladies are not advised to visit these countries. It is dangerous to enter their territory due to the abundance of the virus. The incidence of microcephaly among babies is the biggest risk.

The babies born from this ailment have very tiny heads. This can cause issues later on and also result in death.

The virus causes everything from miscarriage to developmental difficulties and deformity. Zika Virus seems to be the main risk factor for microcephaly.

Travelers and tourists have also been warned of the prevalence of the virus. Insect repellents using DEET are in vogue and clothes and gear that offer protection from the virus are also common.

Finally, netting and air conditioned rooms are some of the precautionary steps. The Zika Virus is spread when the Aedes mosquito bites an infected person.

When this little monster bites other people, the disease gets spread among them too. There is no treatment of Zika yet. That is why care must be taken.

The Zika is a flavivirus. Among other diseases in the same family may be included: Yellow Fever, West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue. It looks like the Zika Virus is a pandemic of sorts. It shows no signs of settling down.

Last year alone there were 147 cases. And as time moves forward in its arrow-like nature, the virus is leaving an upheaval of illness and sickness in its wake.

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