What Women Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Map of potential Zika virus outbreak.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Common symptoms for adults is very similar to a flu virus, including: fever, rash, joint pain, and dry and itchy eyes. Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause Microcephaly and other severe brain injuries.

The virus continues to spread. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not travel to affected areas in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Kristina Adams Waldorf, UW associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and affiliate researcher at the Washington National Primate Research Center, is studying this viral disease. She was recently interviewed by KOMO news and offers advice to pregnant women on current recomendations on travel and provides basic Zika virus information. Click here to read the full article.