Pregnant women are warned not to enter Latin America to prevent from Zika Virus


The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) advised pregnant women not to take trips to 13 Latin American countries, where Zika virus is widely spreading.


Zika viruses, which are associated with brain damage in babies, are spreading in Caribbean, Latin American countries and Puerto Rico. Thus, CDC has alerted the travelers and given them the instructions to protect against this infected diseases. Women who are about to become pregnant are advised to go to the doctors before travelling to areas where Zika cases are occurring. Also, all travellers are warned to prevent from mosquito bites in order to reduce the risk of getting infected.

Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, chief of vector-borne diseases for CDC commented that this was a serious problem that Zika happened throughout the Americas. 14 countries and territories are listed in their advisory: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Their advice is applied for the whole countries unless there is any evidences proving the Zika outbreak is not occurring in that area. This is the 1st time the CDC has published any advice for pregnant women that they should keep away from some specific areas. As a result of this warning, the travel industry of these countries and territories and also the Summer Olympics in Brazil this summer might be radically affected.

Dr. Petersen didn’t want to say anything about his agency’s impacts on the Olympics because it was a special situation and all were for the safety of humans. According to Philip Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organizing committee, they will make every effort to minimize the risk of getting close to mosquitos during the venues.

The outbreak of Zika is expected to spread in this country when the weather gets warm. In the United States, dozens of Zika-infected cases have been found. All of them happened in travelers who had just returned from overseas. Zika is predicted to folloư the same pattern as other viruses: large outbreak in Puerto Rico, then a smaller one in Florida, Guft Coast States and maybe Hawaii.

The first case of this virus happened on the South America in May. Research found out that though it only caused mild rashes, red eyes and fevers in ordinary people, it did even more in pregnant women. Their children appeared to be likely to have small heads, damaged brain, which came with a condition called microcephaly.

There is now no vaccine or medicine to prevent or treat this kind of infection.



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