US Suggest Waiting Period for Zika Infected Women before Conceiving

The health officials of the United States are recommending that women wait for at least a period of 2 months, and men at least 6 months, before trying to conceive after Zika infection.

Zika is a virus that is linked to a thousand of believed cases of the birth defects in Brazil.

According to Friday’s new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, follows the prior recommendations by agency, which focused on averting infections in the women who were already pregnant.

The Health officials also said that they were planning to expand the convenience of more operative contraceptives in Puerto Rico that is the 1st territory of US to report Zika outbreak, with over 259 cases stated to date and a thousands more expected in the upcoming coming months. The Zika virus was 1st detected last year in Brazil and spread swiftly through the Latin America and Caribbean.

“Mounting the evidence supports a link between Zika & microcephaly, a birth defect that is a sign of incomplete brain development and possibly other problems, such as miscarriage,” said a CDC expert on birth defects & pregnancy, Dr. Denise Jamieson, while talking to the reporters during a conference on Friday.

For both women & men with a possible exposure to Zika, CDC suggests that they wait for at least a period of 2 months before attempting a conception.

The guidelines are CDC’s best deduction based on the inadequate availability of the scientific evidence on how long the Zika virus persists in semen or blood.

“Unfortunately, there’s still a lot that we do not know,” said Dr. Jamieson. He also added that the suggestions would continue to evolve as more is learned about the Zika virus.

For the people living in areas effected with Zika, CDC recommends to the couples a delay pregnancy entirely. They also urged the doctors to counsel their patients about hazards of exposure during pregnancy.

To prevent the transmission in women who’re already pregnant, CDC reiterated advice that men who’ve visited or live in the areas with Zika transmission should use condoms during sex or think through about abstaining for duration of their partner’s pregnancy.