Zika Alert For Pregnant Women

What we know

 

  • Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

 

  • Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects

 

  • Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.

 

  • There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.

 

What we do not know

 

  • If there’s a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with Zika. 

 

  • How likely it is that Zika infection will affect your pregnancy. 

 

  • If your baby will have birth defects if you are infected while pregnant.

Pregnant Women And Women Trying To Become Pregnant

 

Learn how to protect yourself from Zika.  

Daytime is the most dangerous Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.

 

  • Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

    • Use insect repellant

    • You can add citronella oil in creames to use on your skin or use it by itself throughout the day and night

    • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home

    • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

    • Use air conditioning where possible 

    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

    • When at work, speak to your manager or supervisor to ensure that the office is protected in the same way as above from mosquitos.

    • Wear protective clothes Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or use insect repellent. For extra protection, treat clothing with permethrin.

 

  • Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.

 

  • Talk with your doctor

 

How Zika is spread through sex

 

  • Zika can be passed through sex from a person with Zika to his or her partners. Sex includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex and the sharing of sex toys.

 

  • Zika can be passed through sex, even if the person does not have symptoms at the time.

    • It can be passed from a person with Zika before their symptoms start, while they have symptoms, and after their symptoms end.

    • Though not well documented, the virus may also be passed by a person who carries the virus but never develops symptoms.

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How to protect yourself during sex

  • Use condoms and other barriers* to protect against infection, every time during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Barriers that protect against infection include male and female condoms and dental dams. Dental dams are latex or polyurethane sheets used between the mouth and vagina or anus during oral sex.

 

  • Do not share sex toys.

 

  • Not having sex eliminates the risk of getting Zika from sex.

 

*For the purpose of this webpage, all barriers are referred to as condoms.

This information was extracted from http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/

It was altered to suit the conditions in Barbados.  Please visit the site for more information.

Mosquito Borne Diseases

 

All mosquito borne diseases including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and Zika must be taken very seriously.

 

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and always consult your doctor

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