The Zika Virus – UPDATE

The Zika Virus – UPDATE

I’m definitely not an alarmist! I traveled with my own children in the early months of their lives, often to relatively remote locales with minimal resources at hand. I have, like many of my patient families, tried to be prepared while traveling, but never neurotic about travel in general. I want to see the world with my children, not in their absence. But just as we would avoid a war-torn region, disease risk at your travel destination needs to be considered.

Unfortunately, the Zika virus warrants our attention and if you are pregnant, perhaps a change to your travel itinerary. This virus is transmitted via mosquitos and generally results in a relatively mild syndrome – often just a fever, muscle aches, red eyes and a rash. There is no treatment, but as it is self-limited and sometimes subclinical, people often fail to realize they have been infected. However, in a pregnant woman, the fetus too can be affected and resultant brain …