From the Act 20 & 22 Community: Having a Baby in Puerto Rico
Having your first baby can be stressful for anyone but can be even more so on an island with growing Zika virus concerns. Jamie has lived in Puerto Rico for 4 years and became pregnant after the news of the virus spreading. She has been very cautious to avoid mosquito bites and found an English-speaking doctor whom she trusts to help her understand the risks and best methods for prevention.
What is Zika?
According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus is a "disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes." It was discovered in Uganda in 1947 and was associated with mild symptoms. Over the years the virus spread and last year Brazil associated it with cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
What are the symptoms?
It's reported that most people with Zika (8 out of 10) do not experience any significant symptoms. Those who do, have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
As well, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Pregnant women are strongly advised to be cautious and protect themselves from mosquito bites.