Zika Outbreak- what you need to know.
The world Health Organization has declared the Zika virus as a global health emergency. The infection is suspected of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. Some areas have declared a state of emergency, doctors have described it as “a pandemic in progress” some are even advising women in affected countries to delay getting pregnant
What are the symptoms?
Death are rare and only 1/5 people infected are thought to develop symptoms which include:
A rare nervous system disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome has been linked to the infection. There is no vaccine or drug treatment so patients are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids. The biggest concern is the impact it could have on babies developing in the womb.
Is it still safe to try for a baby?
The link to microcephaly is not certain but some governments have advised women to delay getting pregnant until more is known. Women visiting the region have been advised not to go, the US Centres of Disease Control says Zika lingers in the blood for about a week.