Why is zika infection dangerous in pregnancy?
Hello, I am Nipa, I am 28 years old. I am expecting a child. I learnt from the TV news channel that zika infection is spreading very fast and it is dangerous in pregnancy. I also learnt that zika can be spread through sex, usually after a person travels to an area where Zika has broken out and contracted the virus. I would like to understand that why is zika infection dangerous in pregnancy.
@patatri The virus causes birth defects in babies born to some infected pregnant women, including microcephaly, where babies are born with underdeveloped heads and brain damage. Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. It’s mainly spread through mosquitoes, although some cases of sexual transmission have been reported. The CDC continues to issue travel warnings for pregnant women in countries where the disease is spreading.