Zika Virus is on the move as the first case of a pregnant woman with Zika is reported in Spain.
The Health Ministry of Spain sent everyone into a spin today when they announced their first confirmed case of a pregnant woman being diagnosed with the Zika virus in Europe.
It is believed that the woman had recently returned from a trip to Colombia, where she had been infected after being bitten by an Aedes mosquito that was carrying the virus.
Zika is currently spreading throughout South America at a rate of knots and has been linked with babies being born with underdeveloped brains and small heads. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the condition now represents a global public health emergency.
However, there is no need to panic in Singapore just yet. No cases of the Zika virus have been reported. Do we need to worry? According to Channel News Asia, it’s only a matter of time before Zika hits Singapore, while the Straits Times is much more optimistic, claiming that a major outbreak of Zika is unlikely.
Zika Virus Prevention and Pregnant Women
If you’re pregnant or are actively trying for a baby, you should heed the Center for Disease Prevention’s advice as follows:
- Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
- Women trying to become pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
For advice on using mossie spray while pregnant, check out our guide to Insect Repellents for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women.