As the Zika Virus Spreads, So Do Fears for Moms-to-Be in the Miami Area


Summer is the ideal time to travel, but if you're pregnant or planning to conceive, you'll want to avoid this US locale. Frighteningly, 10 new cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Florida, all of which are believed to have been contracted via mosquito bites. In light of this alarming news, the Centers for Disease Control is advising pregnant women and those planning on getting pregnant to avoid the area just north of downtown Miami for the next eight weeks. 

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This warning is extremely upsetting for anyone who had plans to visit the area, but it's particularly disturbing for pregnant women who already live there. Even if you stay indoors most of the time, let's face it -- mosquitoes can find their way in. And what if you work there? Most people can't just pack up and move, or take a leave of absence.

Of the 14 confirmed cases, 12 are male and two are female. These newest cases were discovered by health workers going door-to-door testing those who live or work near the individuals who tested positive for the virus last week

Still, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, advises taking no chances, stating: 

Any pregnant women who traveled to this area on or after June 15 should speak to their doctors. Pregnant women who live or work there should be tested during their first and second trimesters.

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Though the cases have been contained to a single square-mile area north of downtown Miami, Florida governor Rick Scott asked the CDC to help the Florida Department of Health contain the potential spread of the infection, which presents with a raised rash and causes fever and muscle aches in most people. Contracting Zika during pregnancy can cause brain damage and neurological disorders in infants. In light of that, expectant moms are advised to use condoms for the duration of their pregnancies. 

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Many pregnant women are already anxious about making the best choices for their babies. Whether it's choosing what to eat or drink or getting enough rest, moms put a lot of pressure on themselves to do the best job possible while growing a healthy baby. This news has to be absolutely terrifying to moms in the area at any stage of pregnancy. 

Our hearts go out to soon-to-be parents who are left fearing for the safety of their unborn children as a result of this virus.

 

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