Dominican Women Advised To Avoid Pregnancy As Zika Virus Poses Threat To Their Unborn Babies

With the Zika virus posing a threat to the country, Public Health Minister of Dominica, Altagracia Guzman, has advised women to avoid getting pregnant as the virus could affect their unborn children. Last month, doctors in Brazil released that a Zika outbreak in that country was linked to babies being born with microcephaly, a rare neurological disorder in infants in which the size of the brain is abnormally small and serious developmental issues and sometimes early death occur. It is of this knowledge that she gave this advice. The babies who were born to mother who had contracted the virus during pregnancy were those that experience this. To avoid pregnancy, use contraception like ellaOne from
in the mean time for everyone’s safety.

Guzman, who described the virus as a major threat, agreed with the Brazilian doctors, according to the Dominican Today. She noted that the disease poses a high risk during the first three months of pregnancy, as it is vital to the formation of the foetus. The minister said that as long as Zika remains a threat, women should take precautions to avoid getting pregnant, especially with the Dominican Republic having close contact and receiving travellers from some of the countries where the cases have already been reported.

Cases have said to be identified in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela, as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported. Guzman says that PAHO recommends using repellents containing methyl benzamine, amino-propionic acid and hydroxyethyl. The Zika virus, which is transmitted to humans by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, causes symptoms including light fever, rash, conjunctivitis and muscle pain.

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