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Pregnant During the Zika Outbreak
My pregnancy began in March 2016, just a month after the World Health Organization declared Zika an international public health emergency. Although I work in health care as a nurse, I have felt uncertain about the course of this epidemic.
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The Role of Men in Zika Prevention
Zika prevention efforts have primarily focused on infected mosquitos as the primary mode of transmission. Given the potential negative pregnancy outcomes of Zika, including congenital syndrome and microcephaly, pregnant women and women of reproductive age have been the focus of mosquito bite prevention efforts and messages.
There is no specific medicine or vaccine for Zika virus. Treat the symptoms. Get plenty of rest. Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.Take medicine such as acetaminophen or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain.
How to protect yourself? Until we know more, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women. Do not travel to areas with Zika. If you must travel, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and take steps to plan for travel.