The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are discovering more about the dreaded Zika Virus on a daily basis, according to Director Dr. Tom Frieden. The mosquito-borne flavivirus has the United States on high alert. The CDC recommends that pregnant women postpone travel to Zika-infected areas of the globe and to use condoms or abstain from sex with men who have traveled to Zika-infected areas.
Mothers who were infected with the virus during pregnancy have an increased risk of microcephaly, intracranial, and neurological abnormalities. A connection between Guillain-Barre syndrome and the Zika Virus is currently being explored. The CDC is informing the public of new developments concerning the sexually transmitted disease as they discover them.
Should You Be Concerned?
80% of individuals infected with the virus are asymptomatic which is troubling because there’s no way of knowing how many people are affected by the outbreak. Those who show symptoms of infection do so in the form of a fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia, and at times conjunctivitis. At the time, there is no treatment for the disease and care is supportive.
What Steps Should You Take to Protect Yourself?
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, education is key. Know the risk factors and how to prevent the transmission of the Zika Virus. Contact Genesis Women’s Health Services in Victorville with any questions you might have about gynecology and your sexual health. We’re the only clinic in the High Desert area with a female physician on staff.