With the news of the Zika virus outbreak hitting Brazil, we know that the threat of another outbreak or a new one may be on the horizon. We don’t want to put any more lives into jeopardy by the virus however, and that is why it’s important to practice safe sex. A positive test is the first step toward a healthier future. And if you haven’t already, you should be sure to follow all CDC guidelines to protect yourself.
Yes, we’re talking about the Zika virus. According to the CDC, as the number of reported cases of the virus continues to climb, the CDC will release a new public health advisory every week with additional tips and safety tips. It’s important to ask yourself if your partner is having sex and you know not to have unprotected sex with someone who is infected, especially if you’re traveling to the country where they’re likely to become sick.
The good news is that no one has developed symptoms of Zika, so don’t panic. You can still get pregnant, just don’t get pregnant while you are on it. But there are now more people infected with the virus than ever before, and many of those are in the United States with no symptoms.
This week a new study showed that people who get infected with Zika are not as likely to spread the virus to people they know. This is good news, especially if you have kids and don’t want them to get sick, but it is also important to know that the number of people who have gotten infected is still extremely low and is expected to continue to drop.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 30 people a year in the United States contract the Zika virus. At the same time, there has been an increase in those infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. That means the disease is becoming more widespread in the United States as well. We will see many more of these people over the next few days, and even more people who have gotten infected with the virus will likely be carrying it.
The CDC says the risk of getting the Zika virus is greater for pregnant women and pregnant women as well. A pregnant woman who’s already been exposed to the virus, however, is still at a higher risk of having babies with the virus. I don’t think that’s an issue with the CDC. I think that the CDC got it wrong. They should have advised pregnant women to cover up and be very cautious about traveling to areas with high Zika rates.
In a statement released last night, the CDC said its recommendations regarding traveling to areas with high rates of the Zika virus are based on risk factors. The CDC says pregnant women are more at risk and pregnant women as well. It also cites a risk for other pregnant women, such as those with diabetes, who have the virus.
The CDC also believes that people with diabetes are at increased risk, as are people with other conditions including asthma, who are at increased risk for Zika. So it’s possible that people with diabetes and asthma might be at risk for Zika and the CDC recommend they cover up if they visit areas with high rates of the virus.
The CDC is urging pregnant women to visit a health center on a regular basis. It also wants to encourage pregnant women to get tested for Zika. If they are positive, they should go to the CDC and have the doctor test them if they need to be hospitalized.
But there are other potential risks as well. Some of the people who visit the health center, the CDC says, could be in the same group as those who are at higher risk for the virus. Many of them are likely to be traveling together in groups of more than 10. So if pregnant women with diabetes and asthma are visiting the health center, it might be especially important to check both of those conditions to make sure they’re being followed up on.