I found this interesting article about Zika while reading the newspaper the other day. Yes, we still do get newspapers 🙂
The article was about how the number of birth defects hasn’t happened as first predicted. This is wonderful news! In this article form the Washington Post,
RIO DE JANEIRO — Nearly nine months after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the virus has infected at least 650,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tens of thousands of expectant mothers.
But to the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil.
Instead, Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas. According to the latest U.N. figures, of the 2,175 babies born in the past year with undersize heads or other congenital neurological damage linked to Zika, more than 75 percent have been clustered in a single region: northeastern Brazil.
The pattern is so confounding that health officials and scientists have turned their attention back to northeastern Brazil to understand why Zika’s toll has been so much heavier there. They suspect that other, underlying causes may be to blame, such as the presence of another mosquito-borne virus like chikungunya or dengue. Or that environmental, genetic or immunological factors combined with Zika to put mothers in the area at greater risk.
While My Vacation Lady is NOT a doctor and we will never tell our clients to go to destinations that they are not comfortable with, this news may be very welcome news to many of our clients who were concerned about travel to Mexico and the Caribbean.
The article goes on to talk about other factors that may have caused the high amount of birth defects in babies born in Brazil since that seems to be the only destination with a high % of babies born with birth defects to mothers who contracted Zika while pregnant.
This is good news for travelers who have been putting off travel due to the Zika virus.
We also spoke to one honeymoon couple who are thinking about starting a family soon after the honeymoon. The bride’s OB/GYN suggested that they continue with their plans of going on their honeymoon in February. Once they return, they can get tested and if either has contracted Zika, they can wait either 6 weeks (bride) or 6 months (groom) before trying to conceive.
Again, we are not doctors and would never tell our clients to travel somewhere that makes them uncomfortable, but this sounds like promising news for many of our clients who postponed traveling to the Caribbean or Mexico for fear of contracting Zika.
Please always check with your personal physician before deciding on a travel destination if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
My Vacation Lady will continue to share news as we receive it so that you can make intelligent decisions about planning your vacation or honeymoon.