1/13/2016 8:07 am
The Zika virus is transmitted by aedes mosquito bites and causes a flu-like illness with fever and rash. If a woman is infected in pregnancy it can cause serious issues for the baby with microcephaly or small brain. A case of Zika virus was confirmed to be transmitted as a sexually transmissible disease in Dallas. There is a case confirmed in Houston that was caused by a mosquito bite in South America. Travel for reproductive aged women is not recommended to areas where the Zika virus has been diagnosed. The CDC lists recommendations on areas to avoid traveling when pregnant or potentially pregnant. It is important to avoid mosquito bites locally to take the precaution of using good mosquito repellent such as DEET and permethrin coated clothing in mosquito season. DEET is considered "probably safer" in pregnancy. DEET is certainly safer than the viruses we can be exposed to in mosquito bites.