Zika virus alert for pregnant women: Updated guidelines and new measures for expectant mothers | Health

With the recent detection of Zika virus infection in two patients in Erandwane, Pune Municipal Corporation has heightened surveillance measures in the area. The virus, transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, can lead to serious health complications, particularly for pregnant women. Here are some important guidelines and precautions for expecting mothers to stay safe:

1. Avoid travelling to areas with active Zika virus transmission.
2. If travel is unavoidable, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved clothing, and stay in screened accommodations.
3. Get tested for the virus if you have travelled to a Zika-affected area, regardless of symptoms.
4. Follow additional monitoring and specialised prenatal care if the test results are positive.
5. Delay pregnancy for at least 2-3 months after potential exposure to the Zika virus.
6. Be alert to the signs and symptoms of Zika virus during pregnancy.
7. Protect yourself from mosquito bites and maintain a clean living environment to reduce the risk of exposure.
8. Consult with healthcare providers for further guidance and support.

Dr. Mansi Sharma, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Kharadi, emphasizes the importance of taking these precautions to prevent congenital abnormalities in unborn babies. Dr. Anuranjita Pallavi, Consultant Gynecologist and Infertility Specialist at Medicover Hospitals in Navi Mumbai, warns of the serious birth defects and fatal problems that Zika virus can cause in babies.

By staying informed and following these guidelines, expectant mothers can safeguard their health and the wellbeing of their families from the risks associated with the Zika virus. Stay proactive and prioritize safety during this challenging time.

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