(Closed) Zika Virus – What Would You Do?

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Bumble bee
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BowTiedKangaroo: personally i would not go!! i know that its a bummer. i plan on going to brazil this year but am also TTC. I wont TTC or not go all together by then, if its still an issue. i work in an outpatient clinic and my doc says he would not go either. why take the chance, seriously.  i havent heard about it attaching it self to males. but i guess theres a lot about it we dont know. good luck.  

Post # 17
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BowTiedKangaroo:  Recommend a different location? The Dominican Republic is wonderful and so is Jamaica. Good thing you talked to your dad, maybe he’ll get it and be on board for changing the local?

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m in a similar boat! Just started TTC and have a carribbean trip planned in May 🙁 We are going to wait it out a bit since we already booked everything anyway, but it’s not looking good. Even if we don’t conceive by then, I’d be worried that conceiving around that time would put us at risk as well. So we’re just going to wait and see how things develop in a couple months and reevaluate then. It definitely sucks though!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
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BowTiedKangaroo: I think even with what you said to your dad, there are countries recomending a 2 year moritorium on women trying to concieve (which is something governments typically try to avoid)  I would bring it up again, and point that out.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that its a right now thing (even if it is for you) but it isn’t just a right away concern. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It really boils down to whether you want to go on the trip or hold off on trying to conceive. Please note that the incubation period is supposedly 2-3 weeks so if you went you’d probably want to wait another cycle to make sure you didn’t contract the virus or if you did it would be out of your system. So that would be about 2 cycles. Plus-as a pp said timing is everything. If the trip falls in your 2ww you probably wouldn’t want to go. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I just read they are concerned about it becoming an issue in the southern US this summer as well. The mosquito is found all over North America. Scary stuff.

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LarLa:  that is what i am scared of… what if they warn in US to prevent pregnancy  this couldn’t be worse timing for us

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I’m starting to get a little concerned about where we live.  Definitely don’t want to wait 2 years to conceive :-/

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

Where the heck did this virus come from? I’ve never heard of it before

Post # 26
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Newbee

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UndercoverKitty007:  It’s an African virus. It only came to Brazil recently – people think it came during the World Cup in 2014. It’s related to dengue fever and chinkunguya (which are all found in the same areas). The symptoms are really mild, and it’s a much milder illness than either of those two…except if you happen to be pregnant. There hadn’t been any links to microcephaly in the past, either because there hadn’t been any data, or people in areas where this virus is endemic had the virus earlier in life, before pregnancy. 

Global warming may also play a part in the spread of the virus, since mosquitoes are the ones to transmit it, and they need warm weather. 

As for the OP – I would not go. If I were not pregnant or TTC, I would not worry about it.

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Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I wouldnt go. Not worth the risk. Some countries are recommending women not even get pregnant until 2018

Post # 28
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Worker bee

Another option is to look at where the cases are being reported, i.e. in Mexico – there have only been a few reported cases in very specific locations. Right now the CDC has mexico on the list, but it’d be like saying don’t go to California because there’s a risk in Kansas and Washington DC. There’s still a slight risk in any low lying carribean/latin american country, even if only a few cases in other cities- Mexico City is a safe bet since that type of mosquito cannot live in the high elevation – but that’s not a beach vacation. Even in the U.S. Florida doesn’t have any confirmed cases, but the mosquito does live there (san diego?, LA?). So, I’d either change the destination to a less risky one, not go, or put off TTC for 2 more months. Honestly, a vacation right before you TTC could be really nice and just what you need to get pregnant right away. (Just make sure you try to limit mosquito bites!). 

Post # 29
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Newbee

Infectious disease researcher here! I would DEFINITELY not go. But you also don’t have to say you’re trying to concieve. One of the faculty at my university has said if he had a daughter of child bearing age he would not want her going there for spring break (vacation… whatever). Accidents happen! Even if you aren’t trying! There’s a lot we don’t know about the virus and it’s impact. Better safe than sorry especially because you ARE TTC

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