Health officials are responding to the outbreaks by reporting all cases to a national registry, removing breeding areas and treating infected water sources, and issuing travel warnings for pregnant women. The CDC has issued guidelines for all mothers and infants possibly infected with Zika. The CDC has issued an alert for people traveling to 14 countries in Latin America with special precautions for pregnant women. "The best prevention for women in endemic areas is wearing long sleeves and pants, using EPA-approved insect repellant, staying indoors, and sleeping with a mosquito net," says Amler.
"Focus on self-care, not fear," says Casler. "It's not a definite risk, but it's uncertain, so you should protect yourself as best you can by avoiding travel or taking all those precautions seriously." Pregnant women who do have any symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, joint pain) or plan to travel should meet with their health care provider so they have the best chance of having a healthy baby.
It's important to stay alert and educated by reading the most recent updates on Zika from reputable sources. Click on the sources below for more information:
— Center for Disease Control (CDC)
— World Health Organization (WHO)
— Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)