Important Information for the Zika Virus
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Many of you may be aware of the recent association of a new outbreak of Zika virus during pregnancy with and increase in the incidence of neonatal microcepahly in Brazil. Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Prevention is based on avoiding mosquito bites in affected areas. As recent reports of a case of Zika virus acquired in Texas and an infant with microcephlus delivered in Hawaii (attributed to Zika virus acquired abroad) have been published, the CDC and NYS Health Department have issued the attached warnings. Specifically, please note the following regarding recommendations for travel of pregnant women. This is particularly important as we head into school breaks and other times where our patients head to warmer climates:
“Until more is known and out of an abundance of caution, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do
travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctors or other healthcare providers first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip. Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare providers before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.”