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Title    El Salvador Advises Against Pregnancy until 2018 over Zika Virus Birth Defect Fears
Date    Monday January 25 2016, @09:52PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the OB/GYN-layoffs-loom dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/01/25/036210

takyon writes:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a travel alert for 14 nations affected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus. One of those nations, El Salvador, is recommending against pregnancy due to a risk of birth defects suspected to be caused by the virus:

The entire region has erupted with concern over the virus, and each country has taken measures to combat its spread. Other Latin American countries, such as Colombia and Ecuador, as well as Jamaica in the Caribbean, have recommended delaying pregnancies, though not for an entire two years.

The rest of Latin America has responded with different tactics, ranging from widespread fumigation efforts to directing citizens not to be bitten by the Aedes mosquito, which is known to carry yellow, chikungunya and dengue fevers.

So far, the hardest hit nation in the region has been Brazil, where more than a million cases have been confirmed, including nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly in newborns that could be linked to Zika. Microcephaly is a rare, incurable condition in which an infant's head is abnormally small.

Brazil has announced its plans to control the Zika virus while continuing to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro:

Inspections of Olympic facilities will begin four months before the Games to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. Daily sweeps will also take place during the Games. But fumigation would only be an option on a case-by-case basis because of concerns for the health of the athletes and visitors.

The Brazilian health ministry says it is also banking on the fact that the Games are taking place in the cooler, drier month of August when mosquitoes are far less evident and there are considerably fewer cases of mosquito-borne viruses.

The World Health Organization warns that Zika is likely to spread across all of the Americas.

Related: Genetically-Modified Mosquito Company Expands Operations


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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "a travel alert" - http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0315-zika-virus-travel.html
  3. "Zika virus" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_virus
  4. "recommending against pregnancy" - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/world/americas/el-salvador-advises-against-pregnancy-until-2018-in-answer-to-zika-fears.html
  5. "birth defects suspected to be caused by the virus" - https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/as-zika-virus-spreads-el-salvador-asks-women-not-to-get-pregnant-until-2018/2016/01/22/1dc2dadc-c11f-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html
  6. "concern over the virus" - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/23/nyregion/mosquito-borne-zika-virus-found-in-3-new-york-state-patients.html
  7. "Brazil" - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/world/americas/zika-virus-may-be-linked-to-surge-in-rare-syndrome-in-brazil.html
  8. "microcephaly" - http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/microcephaly/overview.html
  9. "announced its plans to control the Zika virus" - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35394297
  10. "likely to spread across all of the Americas" - http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35399403
  11. "Genetically-Modified Mosquito Company Expands Operations" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/01/19/2226245
  12. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=11799

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