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Zika cases reach 19 as couples are urged to postpone pregnancy

Santo Domingo.- After the association of Zika virus and microcephaly in the first trimester of pregnancy was confirmed, the Public Health minister Altagracia Guzman on Thursday urged couples to postpone pregnancy this year.

She said each woman in gestation entering the system and suspected of having the disease are being kept under observation.

Thus far 87 possibly affected pregnancies have been reported of which 53 show symptoms of the disease in the first 24 weeks of gestation, with 19 confirmed cases.

Guzman said monitoring and investigations will continue to be carried out and further recommendations on the topic will be provided at yearend 2016.

“We’ve always expressed that our great apprehension with Zika are the pregnancies, since the disease as such is benign, and in five cases, only one has symptoms,” said Guzman.

In that regard, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) representative Alma Morales said the issue of postponing pregnancy or not is still a reproductive right, which the woman must decide with her partner and individual doctor.

She said the entity continues to strengthen the efforts to eradicate mosquito breeding sites, because the disease will be continue to affect people as long as they exist.

For Morales, the authorities respond well with prevention, whereas Guzman said the awareness campaigns will continue.

Guillain Barre Syndrome

Related complications between Zika and the Guillain Barré syndrome are on the rise, with 22 people reportedly affected, and three deaths reported during hospitalization.

Source: DT

April 15, 2016

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