Posted: March 31, 2017 Contributor: administrator
Why We Should Still Be Concerned About Zika
Last year, it seemed that Zika headlines were splattered over every news site around the world. However, in the last few months, little information has been released about Zika and some may say that people have forgotten about this mosquito-transmitted virus.
Zika still active worldwide
With the spring/summer months and peak travel season ahead, it’s important to know that the Zika virus is very much still actively spreading around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 5,000 cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. and over 200 of those cases are from local mosquito-borne transmission. In addition, 54 babies have been born in the U.S. with birth defects because of the Zika virus. Recently, women in Florida have been urged to use caution when receiving donated sperm, as they believe that more people may have been exposed to the Zika virus than previously thought.
Where is Zika most prevalent?
Cases around the world have remained steady. The highest concentration of Zika cases is in Central America, South America, and Africa. Research has recently found that the African strain of Zika virus acts more quickly than the Asian strain. There are also still travel recommendations and notices in Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, the Pacific Islands, and South America.
Take the Zika virus into consideration if you are planning to become pregnant within the next 5 years and if you are traveling to a Zika area. Use mosquito-repellent generously throughout your trip. Taking birth control to prevent pregnancy during this time is also wise. PRJKT RUBY offers affordable birth control pills for $20/month.