Monday 25 January 2016

Zika Virus: President Of El Salvado Encourages Women Not To Get Pregnant Till 2018

Government of El Salvador through Health Ministry have warned women not to get pregnant till 2018 in other to control the birth defects arising from a deadly scourge


Authorities are urging women not to get pregnant until 2018 in an effort to stop a surge of birth defects that are suspected to stem Zika Virus. It is spreading through the entire Latin American region and the Caribbean. The vector is Aedes mosquito, known to carry yellow and dengue fevers.

Other Latin American countries, such as  Colombia and Ecuador, as well as Jamaica, have recommended delaying pregnancies, though not for an entire two years.

The rest of Latin America has responded  with different tactics, ranging from widespread fumigation efforts to directing citizens not to be bitten by the Aedes mosquito.

So far, the hardest hit nation in the region  has been Brazil, where more than a million cases have been confirmed, including nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly. Microcephaly is a rare, incurable condition in which an infant’s head is abnormally small.

El Salvador appears to have taken the most dramatic step so far, though the recommendation is not official policy. The request has raised concern from the church, and many Salvadorans question the rationale for upending the national birthrate in order to counter the suspected effects of a virus.

Salvadoran officials defended the measure  in an interview:
“If we don’t make any recommendations to  the population, we could have a high incidence of microcephaly,”said Eduardo Antonio Espinoza Fiallos, the vice minister of health.“Of those children, 99 percent will survive, but with limitations in their mental faculties.”

Source: New York Times

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