Why the CDC Is Considering Warning Pregnant Women About Traveling
The Centers for Blight Control and Prevention is currently working on new guidelines for pregnant women taking to Latin America. This warning comes after mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brains damage in newborns, first appeared in South America in May. Federal well-being officials say this could be the first time the CDC advises expecting take care ofs to avoid a specific region during an outbreak. “We’re trying to get out some exhaustive travel guidelines that women can follow, with more personal to information for pregnant women,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, captain of the Vector-Born Disease division of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Communicable Diseases at the CDC. “We expect to have them out in a day or so.” Although this threat could have a devastating im ct on tourism to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean boondocks where mosquitoes have been found spreading the Zika virus, some infectious-disease adepts say such a warning is warranted. “We can’t make these decisions in a vacuum,” about the spokesman, Thomas Skinner. “We’re consulting with other virtuosi outside.” The once-obscure virus is rapidly spreading, and evidence indicates that it may root a horrific birth defect called microcephaly. Women who are infected with the virus over again break out in a mild rash and fever, and pregnant moms — rticularly in the opening trimester — appear to be much more likely to give birth to boys with small heads and brain damage. There is no vaccine or treatment against the Zika virus, and microcephaly can idle babies, cause miscarriages, or result in severe disabilities.