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June 13, 2016: Never Too Soon to See a Doctor About Zika

According to Andrea Frazier, “When should pregnant women go to a doctor for Zika? It’s never too soon.

“Although mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have not yet entered the United States, they are expected to do so within the next few weeks as weather gets warmer. The virus, while relatively innocuous for most people, has incredibly dangerous effects for babies born to women who contract the disease while pregnant. Repercussions for fetuses and newborns include severe birth defects, most notably microcephaly, which manifests in small heads and brain damage. Just this week, a woman from Honduras gave birth to a baby girl plagued with microcephaly in New Jersey, and The Washington Post reported that the woman had visited her gynecologist as soon as she developed a rash while pregnant. This raises the question of when pregnant women should go to a doctor for Zika — because if the point at which symptoms begin to show is already too late, then what’s a mom-to-be to do?

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that, as of June 1, there are 618 reported cases of Zika virus in the United States, and all of them are travel-related. (While most people contract Zika through a mosquito bite, sexual transmission is a less-common way to get it.)

“Alarmingly, as of May 26, 341 of the Zika cases in the United States were pregnant women. Health officials are encouraging American women who have visited any of the infected countries — mostly in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean — to wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant.”

Source: Romper

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