You should still be concerned about Zika?


Since the end of the Olympic games in Brazil and the attack of the headlines about the 2016 AMERICAN presidential elections, news around the Zika virus has understandably received less coverage. However, many people who have family planning are still involved.

We received this letter from a viewer:

Dr. Manny,

I am getting married this year and want to have a family soon after. My husband and I were thinking about honeymooning in the Caribbean,but I am worried about Zika. Should I be?


There is good news and bad news when it comes to the status of Zika. For one, the virus has not been eradicated, and a new study by the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies found that the virus can be transmitted by more mosquitoes than had been previously assumed.

There is, however, a large part of the receivables against the virus in the past year. Officials in Miami, for example, worked quickly and efficiently to prevent the disease from spreading, and now, Zika is no longer being broadcast in the area.

In addition, the officials say Zika is more or less localized. Countries such as Bermuda, Uruguay, and Chile have remained Zika free in the past few months.

Meanwhile, scientists are hard at work to find a way to treat and prevent the spread of the virus. According to former Food and Drug Administration chief and health expert Dr. Jesse Goodman, nearly a dozen vaccines are in trial phases. However, an effective vaccine is still far away.

If you are planning a family, you can never be too careful when it comes to you and your family’s health and safety. Look in honeymoon in areas that have a cooler climate, where mosquitoes are less common.

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