Zika Virus Guidance

February 18, 2016

In this hectic day and age, it can be hard to stay fully informed. With so many different news outlets and ways to receive information, how do you know what is accurate? If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, then you surely have heard the words “Zika Virus.” While the virus has been broken out in South America, it has the possibility to spread and it’s important to stay informed. Here’s a guide that will help you stay up to date with the latest knowledge, how the Virus could affect you and what precautions to take.

What to Know About the Zika Virus

The Zika Virus is a dengue-like fever that is transferred by mosquito bites. It usually results in a fever that resolves itself in about a week. Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, retro-orbital pain, headache, arthralgia, etc.

Where Is the Zika Virus?

The Zika Virus has been identified in numerous countries in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. Outbreaks have previously been noted in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

How Can the Zika Virus Affect Pregnant Women?

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, the Zika virus can have effects on your pregnancy. The Ministry of Health of Brazil has reported an increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly and other abnormal pregnancy outcomes. If you or a partner have traveled to any of the affected areas, please consult a medical professional for an evaluation.

What Precautions Should Pregnant Women Take Against the Zika Virus?

Pregnant women in any trimester should postpone traveling to any of the destinations where the Zika virus is active. If you do have to travel to one of these areas, please contact your doctor and follow the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. If you are trying to become pregnant, it also necessary for you to follow these precautions from your healthcare provider.

If You Do Travel…

Make sure to bring EPA-registered insect repellant with any of the following ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  • IR 3535

Cover your skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants. You can apply permethrin repellent to your clothing or even purchase pre-treated clothing. Definitely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to stay the most protected.

Make sure to stay in a hotel room that has air conditioning or screens on windows and doors. It’s important to keep the mosquitoes out of your hotel room.

OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

The caring staff at OB-GYN Women’s Center Of Lakewood Ranch wants everyone to stay informed and be cautious about the Zika Virus. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.