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ZIKA VIRUS and PREGNANCY
In recent months, an outbreak of Zika virus has occurred in many countries south of the United States.
Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, rash, pink eye, and joint pain. However, the illness tends to be mild and severe illness is very rare.
The spread of Zika virus through sexual contact has also been reported recently.
The primary concern for Zika infection is for pregnant women who become infected and effects of the infection on the baby. There has been a correlation between babies born with microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes when the mother is infected with Zika during pregnancy. It’s very important to avoid becoming infected with Zika while pregnant.
The CDC has issued special travel recommendations for women who are pregnant and women trying to become pregnant. These recommendations include:
- Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
- Women trying to become pregnant or may be pregnant should ensure that that they are not pregnant before traveling to these countries.
- If you’re pregnant and you must travel, strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites. This involves using insect repellant, sleeves, and long pants.
Additionally, new information about the possibility of sexual transmission has caused the CDC to issue more recommendations:
- Men who have traveled or lived in Zika-effected countries and have a pregnant partner should abstain from sex or use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.
The Zika virus usually only lasts in blood for a few days to a week. But it seems as though it can last longer in semen.
ZIKA VIRUS TESTING: At this time, testing is limited to the CDC and only a few state and local laboratories. Testing is also limited to symptomatic people who have traveled to effected countries and pregnant women who may be infected. Testing is not available simply to see if you may be infected when there are no symptoms.
If you think you may be infected, call your doctor. Your doctor must contact Siouxland District Health Department or the Iowa Department of Public Health for a consult and to arrange for testing.
To find out which countries are included in this advisory, click below. The effected countries are changing regularly, so check back regularly. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
Find a lot more info about Zika virus at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.
Local Dental Offices Provide Free Services for Children's Dental Health Month
Dr. Dona Prince will be providing free services to children 18 and under on Friday, February 5th. Call 712-274-2228 to see if your child qualifies and to set up an appointment. Services will also be provided by the I-Smile™ Oral Health program at Siouxland District Health on Monday, February 22nd. Please call 712-279-6119 or 712-635-1224 to see if your child qualifies and to set up an appointment.
If you have questions, please contact: April L. Padgett, RDH at 712-279-6119 or 712-635-1224.
SDHD Publishes Quarterly Newsletter
SDHD publishes a quarterly newsletter to share with community partners and Woodbury County residents. The intent is to share information and resources that is of interest to Siouxland residents. If you are looking for more information on any stories, please don't hesitate to contact Siouxland District Health Department at 712-279-6119.
You won't want to miss the December 2015 or the September 2015 newsletters. You can even view past issues.
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