Is Zika still a thing?

posted 8 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Zika is still a thing. You can check this map from the CDC and it tells you where Zika is active so that you can plan your travel. They also have maps for other illnesses. I think some people are either oblivious or have decided to take the risk. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/world-map-areas-with-zika

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Yes, it’s still a thing. Signs are all over my OB’s office about it!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

gatsbymermaid :  Yes, it’s absolutely still a thing. Some people are willing to take their chances but my husband and I have avoided areas with Zika since we got married. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

According to the CDC it’s defiinitely still a thing although I feel like so many people have become lax about it. I have been getting a lot of flak from people because I won’t go to zika areas. It’s known that we would like to have children soon. I’m not sure why so many people don’t care anymore but I’m no one one them and I wish people would respect that.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Zika is still around yes. But it’s also been around for 60 years. Not everyone wants to put their life on hold for a tiny chance of something. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes it’s still a thing. But before you go around judging her, she could have been putting on bug spray/lotion at regular intervals to keep the risk down. 

My husband and I have been ttc for almost 2.5 years and we have a chance to go to Mexico for free. So I’ve stocked up on bug spray, and we’re going to go. The recommended waiting time if you get bit by a mosquito is way down now too, 3 months for a man and 2 months for a woman. I’ve already put my life on hold for more than 2 years, so we are going and are going to have fun.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Yeah, Zika has always been around. It only gained media’s attention when there was a massive outbreak a few years ago, but as far as I know the rates have gone back down. 

According to the CDC, there’s only a 10% chance of Zika causing birth defects, if you even manage to catch the disease…and the risk for adverse effects gets even smaller the further along the pregnancy is. If someone is far enough along in their pregnancy to be “obviously pregnant”, their risk is very, very small.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I personally think that there’s such a small chance of being affected that it’s not worth putting your life on hold for years while TTC.  People who live in those countries are having healthy babies every day. 

I went on a Caribbean cruise in December and am now TTC.  Now, had I been hiking in jungles, then I would have waited a few more months.  In my case, I was rarely off the ship and neither myself nor my partner received any bites.

I also remember the SARS outbreak back in the early 2000’s…Toronto was putting out cheap tourism packages to attract people to the city.  Tourists still stayed away…but there’s over 2 million people living there and a tiny fraction of a fraction actually contracted SARS. It’s just overblown media fodder.  The CDC is obligated to report on it as a precaution. 

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