Traveling south for spring break?

Not if you’re pregnant!! (according to Women’s Healthcare’s Dr. David Beck)

The threat of Zika virus continues to be a concern especially for pregnant women or women attempting to conceive.

Zika virus is mostly transmitted by mosquito bites but can also be sexually transmitted. Pregnant patients can pass the virus to their babies causing, in most cases, severe birth defects. The Center for Disease Control recommends pregnant women cancel or postpone travel to areas of high risk. These areas include all countries south of the U.S. border but transmission has been documented in areas of Texas and Florida. There is no medical treatment for Zika, and no vaccine to prevent it.

Only 1 in 5 patients (approximately 20%) infected with Zika will develop symptoms. The symptoms are usually mild and include: fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, headache, muscle aches, itching, and vomiting. The incubation period from infection to developing symptoms can range from a few days to 2 weeks. Symptoms typically persist for up to 1 week.

Testing can be performed to confirm infections with blood draw. However, a negative result does not exclude Zika infection. Testing should be performed within 7 days of becoming symptomatic. Information involving Zika continues to develop as research continues. Visit cdc.gov for more information and continued updates.