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Zika virus infection in pregnancy


This is of concern due to an association between Zika virus infection and adverse pregnancy and foetal outcomes. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among foetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika.

Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly; and that Zika virus is a trigger of Guillain-Barre syndrome. WHO is supporting countries to control Zika virus disease by taking actions like- • experts and partners are encouraged to continue research on this virus surveillance. • Strengthen communities to better understand risks associated with Zika virus. • Strengthen the capacity of laboratories to detect the virus. • implement vector control strategies aimed at reducing Aedes mosquito populations. • Prepare recommendations for the clinical care and follow-up of people with complications related to Zika virus infection, in collaboration with experts and other health agencies.





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