What is Zika?
We have received a lot of questions about the Zika virus, so we thought we would provide a quick overview and some resources to help you become aware of this potential health risk.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a travel advisory for 14 countries that relates to any women who are pregnant (in any trimester). The countries so far include: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Surname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The travel advisory is for the Zika virus, which is normally transmitted by infected Aedes mosquitos, and can be especially harmful for pregnant women and their fetuses.
Women who are considering becoming pregnant should consider postponing their travel to these countries or follow strict mosquito precautions (long sleeve shirts, long pants, mosquito repellant – see guidelines at the CDC Resource link below for safe alternatives).
This virus has been shown to cause microcephaly (small head and brain) in infants. Most of the documented cases have been in Brazil, however the first case in the US was in Hawaii (but was someone who had travelled to Brazil during the pregnancy).
Adults who are exposed to the virus have mild symptoms (fever, joint ache, headache, “pinkeye”) that can be treated with acetaminophen. Much about the virus is not yet understood, including how it affects the fetus differently if you have pre-pregnancy exposure versus during any stage of pregnancy.
If you have travelled to any of these countries recently and have experienced any of these symptoms, please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions with your provider.
For more information, go to the following links:
What's Happening at Mt Hood Women's Health
Dr. Sandra Collis and Dr. Kelly Carter are now performing da Vinci® Robotic Hysterectomies at Legacy Mt Hood Hospital.
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Immunizations During Pregnancy:
Vaccines are one of the most important things that you can do for yourself and your baby. Vaccines help protect you and your child from diseases that you both are at risk of and can make you both seriously ill. That is why we offer Flu shots and Tdap immunizations to out patients. Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and speak with your provider for more information.