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TTC - Zika virus

(17 Posts)
Abitscared22 Wed 27-Jan-16 13:13:34

Hi- my husband and I are TTC our first. We went on honeymoon to Colombia (we left on 1st Dec). We were TTC then but nothing happened. We're now still trying- is there any risk to us trying now? Neither of us had symptoms and it's almost 2 months since we left S America. I asked my GP but she had no idea! I'm worried about the virus laying dormant and creating problems now, even though it's been 8 weeks since we left.

Any thoughts?

CityMole Wed 27-Jan-16 13:26:16

You would have to have been bitten- it's pretty hard to miss being bitten by a mossie, so unless you noticed it, I'd say you'd be in the clear. Also, the incubation period is up to around 12/15 days, and it lasts about a week. so, even if you missed the bite, caught the virus despite having no symptoms, then it would have been well through you by the end of December. Had you got pregnant mid December then you might want to check it out further, but I'd say (in my non professional opinion!) that you're extremely low risk here.

Iwantakitchen Wed 27-Jan-16 13:31:54

I would be very concerned about any info you will get in response to your question about bless coming from a medical professional could you contact the hospital for tropical diseases and take it from there? I am sure that there is guidelines somewhere online.

Iwantakitchen Wed 27-Jan-16 13:51:43

About bless?? Where did that come from... unless!

PurpleDaisies Wed 27-Jan-16 14:02:05

The CDC website says that if you were infected with Zika the virus usually only remains in the blood for a few days afterwards, so it would be very unlikely to cause problems eight weeks later.

www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html

CityMole Wed 27-Jan-16 15:17:40

While I agree with Iwantakitchen that medical advice only ought to be relied upon when coming from a doctor or other health professional, I presume that the OP was posting here, as opposed to a specialist medical forum, because she's looking for some generic guidance. The CDC are quite clear about how it is contracted, and given the maths, it sounds impossible for the OP to have contracted it within the timescales she is talking about (as she remains TTC not pregnant- had she conceived within that period the advice would have been entirely different.)

rhodes15 Fri 29-Jan-16 15:38:09

I'm on holiday in LA and the advice they have given from docs on tv is that you should wait a couple of weeks from arriving home before ttc as it will allow time for the virus if you have it to manifest. From what I can gather if after two months that you haven't had it you aren't likely to.

SkiptonLass2 Fri 29-Jan-16 15:46:42

Past infection does not cause issues so unless you were infected whilst actually pregnant you're ok. This is current advice from the cdc.

LittlePeasMummy1 Thu 04-Feb-16 10:30:18

Here is a patient information leaflet on Zika virus in pregnancy produced by the UK teratology information service (I work there!). It was updated yesterday so contains all of the most up to date info. Feedback very welcome

www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/Medicine--pregnancy/Zika-virus/

SpottedLorax Thu 04-Feb-16 11:21:47

It's good smile thorough, concise and well written

Lweji Thu 04-Feb-16 11:26:06

it's pretty hard to miss being bitten by a mossie, so unless you noticed it, I'd say you'd be in the clear.

Just adding that unless the OP usually reacts to mosquito bites, and the particular species that transmits Zika, that is not necessarily true.
Many people don't react at all to mosquito bites and wouldn't know if they had been bitten.

MedSchoolRat Thu 04-Feb-16 11:28:57

LittlePeas: I am not sure about high value in using a mosquito net over the bed - it's a daytime biting mosquito. Maybe nets good if people lie in all morning. Nighttime nets good for avoiding malaria, of course.

I wonder if Getting zika when not pg/TTC could be a net good thing to try to do, at least it protects one's future pregnancies.

Lweji Thu 04-Feb-16 11:37:07

I wonder if Getting zika when not pg/TTC could be a net good thing to try to do, at least it protects one's future pregnancies.

I don't think anyone knows enough at the moment to be able to say that.

SpottedLorax Thu 04-Feb-16 11:46:06

I think the advice is still to use bednets because people often do siesta in hot countries.

V good point about daytime biting though - maybe put that in the leaflet?

CityMole Thu 04-Feb-16 13:56:13

Yes, Lweji, but if you read on regarding the incubation period, and the part where I explicitly state 'even if you missed the bite'......

AuntieStella Thu 04-Feb-16 14:08:45

This is the current advice from Public Health England (as it appears on the gov.uk website today):

"A small number of cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus have been reported, and in a limited number of cases, the virus has been shown to be present in semen, although it is not yet known how long this can persist. The risk of sexual transmission of Zika virus is thought to be very low.

"However, if a female partner is at risk of getting pregnant, or is already pregnant, condom use is advised for a male traveller:

- for 28 days after his return from an active Zika transmission area if he has not had any symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection
- for 6 months following recovery if a clinical illness compatible with Zika virus infection or laboratory confirmed Zika virus infection was reported"

CityMole Thu 04-Feb-16 15:19:04

It's starting to make a little more sense now that the guidance is being expanded upon. So, using the updated guidelines, they should not be TTC for 6 months after recovery from zika like symptoms, or 28 days after return to UK if no zika like symptoms. So, assuming no symptoms, they should be ok to keep TTC?

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