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Zika During Pregnancy - Learn The Coping Strategies

Dr Surbhi Saini
Pregnancy

Created by Dr. Surbhi Saini
Updated on Jun 03, 2018

Zika During Pregnancy Learn The Coping Strategies

ZIKA is a virus that spreads through a mosquito bite and can cause various birth defects in baby like microcephaly. It is common in certain countries where it’s an endemic. It can pass on from an infected mother to foetus.

Symptoms Of Zika

Generally, it doesn’t have any specific or characteristic symptom. Its presentation is similar to that of chicken guniya or dengue-

  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

How Zika Spreads

  • Through bite from mosquito-

    Zika is common in tropics and sub tropics. If one is travelling to this country or belongs there, than there are chances that you might get Zika if you are bitten by the vector mosquito
  • Through intercourse-

    An infected partner can transmit it to the other partner through intercourse
  • From mother to child- a pregnant lady infected with Zika can pass it to the developing foetus

Prevention From Zika

Getting infected with Zika is a concern if you are travelling to a country where this virus is present. Unfortunately, for now no vaccine is available to protect oneself from Zika. So only mode of prevention remains is measures to prevent mosquito bite, like-

  • Using mosquito repellent creams or sprays as and when needed
  • Wearing full sleeve tops, pants and keeping feet covered with shoes
  • Stay in air conditioned places having doors and windows on

Investigation Of Zika

If you live in a place or travel frequently to a place where Zika is transmitted through mosquito bites, than it is recommended to get yourself tested for it.

Treatment Of Zika

Currently there’s no medicine for Zika.

If you’re diagnosed with it, few tests might be done to track your baby’s growth and further treatment depends on that accompanied with plenty of rest. Maintain fluid intake and medication to relieve your symptoms if you have any!

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| Apr 02, 2018

yes very useful info for mothers-to-be.

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