News of Mosquitoes Spreading Zika in the US Is a Nightmare for Every Expectant Mom

zika in miami spread by mosquitosAs if we needed another reason to despise mosquitoes ... Four cases of Zika virus in Miami are believed to be caused by infected mosquitoes, the state Department of Health announced. These are the first cases in the United States which are thought to have been locally transmitted -- meaning that the carriers did not contract the virus by traveling abroad, which is extremely unsettling news for expectant moms. 

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Three men and one woman in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have tested positive for the virus, prompting the local health department to test mosquitoes in the area.

Florida governor Rick Scott stated that while no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika yet, it's likely that these four cases were caused by bites from the pests.

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While there have been more than 1,650 Zika infections reported in the US, these four patients are the first whose infections are not connected to travel outside the US, making it that much more worrisome for pregnant women.

As we know, the virus brings on mild illness in most individuals, but contracting Zika during pregnancy can cause brain damage and neurological disorders in infants.

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Expectant moms and women hoping to conceive during the next few months have every right to be extremely concerned about this news. We've heard of moms canceling plans to travel abroad for the safety of their unborn children, so to think that it could be contracted without ever leaving the house is a terrifying thought. 

At this time, there isn't a treatment or vaccine for Zika. Let's hope that changes ASAP.

 

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