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Zika and Pregnancy

Zika virus is of concern for pregnant women because Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects and has been linked to miscarriage, stillbirth and problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth.

Scientists are studying the full range of other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause.

Fact sheet on Zika and pregnancy

What is known
How Northern Kentucky pregnant women can protect themselves
What is not yet known about Zika
Future pregnancies

What is known

How Northern Kentucky pregnant women can protect themselves

Zika is not currently in Northern Kentucky mosquitoes and all cases of Zika in Kentucky are connected to travel. But pregnant women in the region should take the following steps, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

1. Avoid travel to an area with Zika.

2. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.Pregnant women with bug spray

3. Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.

What is not yet known about Zika

Future pregnancies
Based on the available evidence, experts with CDC think that Zika virus infection in a woman who is not pregnant would not pose a risk for birth defects in future pregnancies after the virus has cleared from her blood. From what is known about similar infections, once a person has been infected with Zika virus, he or she is likely to be protected from a future Zika infection.

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