PREGNANCY AND ZIKA VIRUS

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Zika virus infection is recently causing massive alerts in global health due to high risks of neurological and autoimmune complications (such as microcephaly in infants of infected women and Guillain-Barre syndrome in others). Spread by Aedes mosquitoes, virus causes a mild illness (mild fever, conjunctivitis, skin rash, headache and joint pain) with symptoms developing only in one out of four people. The disease is spreading – please stay tuned, protect your patients and yourself as well as travel wisely. Read more about virus, precautions, and recommendations below. Updates comes often – check regularly!

World Health Organization, Situation Report, March 10 2016 – download here

World Health Organization, Zika Virus Mediacentre – http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-

virus/mediacentre/en/

Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment –

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/

Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Tools for health Care Providers: Zika Virus –

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/tools.html

Center of Disease Control and Prevention Update: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Interim

Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016 – March 25

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6512e3er.htm?s_cid=mm6512e3er_w

Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 04, 2016 –

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6508e2.htm