Video: Most Up-to-Date Information On Zika Virus

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Zika virus

In this very informative 27-minute video, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, and Tiffany Werbin-Silver, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Westchester Health Associates, discuss the Zika virus, how it is contracted, how to avoid getting it, and how to get tested for it. Dr. Alan Siegel of Health iQ is the host. To watch the video, click here.

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Zika virus video

Zika is especially dangerous for pregnant women

Recent evidence from the current Zika outbreak has shown that the disease can have very serious consequences for pregnant women, causing babies to be born with microcephaly, a birth defect which causes an abnormally small brain and head size. For this reason, the CDC has advised all women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to consider postponing travel to any country where there is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Recently, cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the U.S. as well.

Countries where Zika has been detected

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Figi
  • French Guiana
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Barts
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maartin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela

NOTE: This list changes almost daily, so it’s very important to check the CDC’s travel information site for updates.

Worried about Zika? Please contact us.

If you think you may have contracted the Zika virus, or are considering traveling to a country where Zika is present, please contact us at Westchester Health Pediatrics or Westchester Health Associates. We will help you get tested and/or advise you regarding travel to Zika-affected areas. As always, our goal is to help you and your family stay healthy and strong.

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