Healthy Kids: Zika and pregnancy

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Earlier this week a newborn in Texas died from complications related to the Zika virus. A new study from the British Medical Journal is linking Zika in pregnancy to joint deformities in newborns. Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul stopped by the studio with more information on this new study and information on how to protect yourself from the Zika virus.

Zika Virus Transmission:

  • Mosquito bites
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Contact
  • Can lead to Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Zika Virus Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Lasts about a week
  • Usually very mild symptoms
  • Usually don’t see any medical professionals

Zika Virus Concerns:

  • Focused around pregnant women
  • Decreased transmission – mosquito control
  • Insect repellent is important – safe during pregnancy
  • Infant mortality

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