CDC issues travel warning for pregnant moms due to Zika outbreak

Deena Cenrofanti

- A warning recently went out for pregnant women to stay away from certain countries because of a virus outbreak. It's a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects called Zika Virus.

The virus, which spreads to people from mosquito bites, can be transmitted from a mother to her unborn child.

"When the virus goes to the bloodstream it can pass to the baby and intra uterus can cause inflammation of the brain of the baby," says Dr. Lucileia Johnson from the Cleveland Clinic.

Microcephaly is one of the potential risks, a birth defect in which a baby is born with a smaller head and a smaller brain which may not develop properly.

The Center for Disease Control says, until more is known about the connection between the Zika Virus and the birth defect, they are recommending that women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant avoid travel to the countries listed.

Dr. Johnson says, pregnant women who have visited any of these countries recently should contact their physician. 

"You have to seek professional advice. I would not panic, just get tested if it's going to bring you peace of mind," said Dr. Johnson. 

Symptoms of Zika Virus can include fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes. Those infected with the virus usually experience symptoms within two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

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