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Travel Alert issued for pregnant women headed to areas where Zika Virus transmission is possible

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Travel Alert issued for pregnant women headed to areas where Zika Virus transmission is possible

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel alert for pregnant women concerning countries affected by the Zika virus. The virus, which is transmitted by a mosquito bite, can cause neurologic damage to the unborn baby. For more information, see the CDC website.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0315-zika-virus-travel.html

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  1. Is this virus new? I have never heard of it before but have seen it on the news this week.

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    1. Great question! Zika virus is not new but it is increasing in prevalence in certain areas. It is now of increasing concern in the US as cases are being identified in Florida, Illinois and Hawaii. Like other viruses (dengue, west nile), this one is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Keeping exposed skin covered and using a mosquito repellant for uncovered skin is key to prevention.

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  2. Just this week I had a friend cancel a Caribbean cruise because of the risk of Zika. She’s around 20ish weeks pregnant and was definitely concerned. Thanks for spreading awareness!

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    1. What a bummer. I bet there are a lot of cancelled trips right now.

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