The CDC confirmed the link between the mosquito borne Ziku virus and birth defects. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine also supports this claim. Microcephaly is the most widely discussed birth defect associated with a significantly smaller head leading to severe brain development issues. A treatment or vaccine is still years away.
This news is especially disturbing for pregnant women, women seeking to become pregnant, and their families. Most advice stems from mosquito avoidance. Wear pants and long sleeve shirts when possible. Open windows should always be screened. When outdoors, a clip on mosquito repellent should be worn. Have your home and office treated periodically for mosquitoes either through fogging or a mosquito control system. Discard or move any containers that hold standing water. Keep areas clean of leaves and debris. Stay indoors when possible. The disease can also be sexually transmitted once contracted. Spouses should follow these precautions as well.
Please be cautious.