Things To Know About Zika Virus For Pregnant Women

Ziku virus has been found to affect the fetus in the womb and stunt the growth of its brain making it essential for the would-be-mothers to know everything about it from their caretaker. According to the latest U.S. treatment guidelines, pregnant women who traveled recently to any of the 22 countries should undergo a blood test, especially if they are also suffering from infection symptoms.

However, doctors warn that around 80% times Zika patients do not experience any symptom making early detection of the infection difficult. That is why in many cases, the infection comes to notice when the damage has been already done to the fetus brain.

Zika virus, which damages the growth of the fetus, has spread rapidly across 22 countries in the territories of Latin American and Caribbean islands. That is why it is of utmost importance that pregnant women who have been to the countries with such widespread Ziku virus epidemic should know everything about the infection including prevention measures and treatment.

Expectant mothers who have recently visited these countries have been calling their physicians fearing exposure to this mosquito-borne disease that has lead to fetal brain damage to several newborns in Brazil.

Mode of treatment

According to Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Dr. Natalie Meirowitz, the effects are not necessarily visible at a time when the mother can terminate her pregnancy. Many times the detection occurs quite late when the condition is highly critical.

That is why, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to countries with Zika virus epidemic.

What is Zika Virus?

It belongs to the deadly yellow fever virus family that causes dengue, West Nile, and Chikungunya. However, these diseases have vaccines, and one can prevent their onset. On the other hand, there is no vaccine for preventing Zika viral infection due to which it can be only prevented by avoiding visits to infected territories or people.

The virus has suddenly gained a lot of attention because it has a serious connection with microcephaly, a type of neurological disorder that leads to abnormally small heads in unborn babies causing severe issues related to the development and at times can prove fatal.