Fans Outraged After Jill Duggar Exposes Baby Israel to the Zika Virus (PHOTO)

Derick and Jill (Duggar) Dillard
With more reports of the Zika virus spreading, many Duggar fans are wondering why Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her family are still in Central America. And if that's not bad enough, a new photo of baby Israel has some outraged.


"Israel loves making new friends!"

At first glance, the Instagram photo Jill posted looks harmless. Her almost-10-month-old son is hanging out with a few locals in El Salvador -- including a little boy, who looks close in age.

Israel loves making new friends! More pics and an update coming soon to

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on


It's cute, right?

You would think, but apparently, some Duggar fans have a problem with Israel being so close to locals, and with the Dillards staying in an infected country.

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As much as I understand the hope and prayers for Jill, Derick, and Israel to be okay, I think it's important to not treat (or assume) every native they encounter automatically has the Zika virus.

For starters, the CDC notes the Zika virus is spread through mosquitos, with new cases adding blood transfusions and sexual contact to the list. It hasn't been stated it's like the flu and can be contagious in the same manner. In addition, roughly 1 in 5 people infected with the Zika virus actually get ill. Aside from the horrific birth defects we've all been hearing about, the most common symptoms are a rash, fever, and red eyes -- that usually last for a few days, or a week.

And yes, El Salvador is on high alert -- like many countries in the area -- and yes, they are working hard to fight against the virus. Perhaps it might be best (or at the very least, worth a discussion) for Jill and Derek to rethink their plans, but ultimately, that's a decision they need to make, which shouldn't come with harsh words and criticism.

Being worried is fine, but treating locals like they have the plague isn't.

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My husband and his family are from Panama (that's in Central America, if you aren't hip to geography), which makes this situation hit pretty close to home for me.

I can only hope and pray that everyone stays both safe and healthy.



Image via jillmdillard/Instagram

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