Zika virus in the news

Posted by GPWHC on 23 August 2016
Tags: Zika

The Zika virus continues to make headlines, but as of mid-August, no cases have been reported in North Dakota.  While this is great news for our local patients right now, pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant in the next couple of years are advised to take precautions while travelling.  The risk of contracting Zika inside the United States, even in affected areas, is extremely low, but the CDC and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) both recommend avoiding travel to affected areas in the United States and overseas.  Certain parts of Florida, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as 56 countries in South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands are all currently on the list of places to avoid. 

If travel to an affected area is still unavoidable, it is recommended to wear an EPA-approved insect repellant that contains DEET and to treat clothing with permethrin according to label instructions, both of which are safe to use during pregnancy according to ACOG.  Time spent outdoors during dusk and dawn should be limited, as that is when mosquitos bearing the virus are most active, however precautions should be taken at all times. 

The known effects of the Zika virus, particularly during pregnancy are fairly well reported, with some of the biggest problems being significant and debilitating birth defects.  The problem lies in the unknown effects, as the virus is still too recent to have long-term studies done.  The doctors and staff at Great Plains Women’s Health strongly encourage all men and women travelling to at-risk areas to take the recommended precautions to avoid contracting this virus, whether planning to become pregnant or not. 

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