Daily Brief: 2017.3.27
Zika Related Birth Defects
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that seven more babies have been born in the United States with Zika-related birth defects. The total of number of babies born with Zika related birth defects now sits at 54. According to the CDC US Zika Pregnancy Registry, 1,617 pregnant women with Zika infections have been under monitoring, and 1,228 of them have completed their pregnancies.
(Sources: CIDRAP, CDC)
Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. However, the virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Other symptoms may include muscle pain and headaches.
(Sources: CDC, WHO)
In the United States there have been 4,861 travel related cases and 222 locally acquired cases. In Indiana, there have been 53 cases, all of which were travel related. Florida (216) and Texas (6) have documented locally acquired cases. US territories have reported a total of 38,212 cases of Zika.
- Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. If you must travel to an area with Zika, talk to your healthcare provider. Learn more.
- Zika can be passed through sex from a person with Zika to his or her partners. Sex includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex and the sharing of sex toys.
- Individuals are encouraged to use condoms correctly, every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex or do not have sex for the entire pregnancy.