Concern for Pregnant Women Mounting
The number of pregnant women infected by the Zika virus is steadily growing. The CDC now reports that there are now possibly 19 cases of pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the U.S. This is especially critical, as the Zika virus has been firmly linked to increased cases of the birth defect microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected with the virus. And women aren’t only in danger of catching the virus through mosquito bites. Officials are investigating the more than a dozen cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the U.S. Officials are recommending that women who have traveled to Zika infected areas should wait at least two months after their return before trying to conceive. Pregnant women should still delay any travel to areas infected by the Zika virus. Officials also warn that women should be cautious of possibly catching the virus through sexual intercourse with male partners who have traveled to Zika infected areas. Men and women, especially pregnant women, are being advised to wear condoms to avoid sexually transmitting the virus to their partner.
While there have been no locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in the U.S., it looks as if we are getting closer and closer to being hit by the virus here in the states. Cases of travel-related Zika virus in the U.S. have now been reported in 25 states in the country. The discovery of sexually transmitted cases of the Zika virus adds an extra level of danger. The CDC reported that they “did not anticipate we would see this many sexual transmissions of Zika”. So, practice safe sex everyone, and don’t forget to wear insect repellent.
Do you think the Zika virus is going to spread actively to the United States? Does the number of sexually transmitted cases concern you?