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Pregnant and worried may have zika virus - anyone else?

(11 Posts)
Mitty5 Mon 25-Jan-16 20:02:37

Hello all!

My husband and I recently came back from a trip to Brazil which we had to cut short due to hearing recent news about Zika virus! It exploded in the media the week that we were there (from 11th to 18th January) in the north east region of Brazil, which is the worst affected area!

I am now 21 weeks pregnant and at the time in Brazil was bitten by a mosquito a couple of times whilst there, around 19 weeks pregnant!

The virus poses no threat to adults or non pregnant women, but can be hard to digest for feotuses and cause stillborns, or worse lead to birth of a baby with mental retardation, a brain and head half the size it should be, blindness, deafness and inability to move limbs properly! Just horrid stuff!

The worst part is that the virus is not easily diagnosed so there is no way for sure to tell if you had it or if ur baby was affected, till the very last few weeks of pregnancy. You can do a scan from week 30 to 40 to check brain size is developing normally, but there have been cases where all seemed fine on the scan but in fact the baby was deformed at birth!

There are blood tests available, it is a CPR test which has been diagnosing people as positive, but it is only effective if done immediately after a bite, and my bloods were taken a few days later so the effectiveness of the test may be diminished!!

Anyway, just wondering if any other mum to be out there is in the same predicament as me? That being: pregnant, been to Brazil in past couple of months, and bitten by mosquitos?? Just wondering, what advice, if any, you have been offered? The only thing I've been told is 'not to worry' and wait and see how things unfold, which is not very reassuring when faced with the threat of a serious birth defect!!

LadyofDispleasure Mon 25-Jan-16 22:25:22

Hi, I haven't been to Brazil and I don't know loads about the topic, but I didn't want to read and run. Has your GP / midwife been able to give you any information?

I can understand how worried you must be. I'm not sure they know when in the pregnancy the fetus is most vulnerable - it may be in the first trimester when the brain/head is first developing, which, if this is the case, your baby may not be at risk. Also, you would have to have been bitten by a mosquito which is carrying the virus. Perhaps the ones you were bitten by didn't.

Really sorry you are going through this. I hope everything is ok with your little and that you get all the information you need thanksthanks

Mitty5 Tue 26-Jan-16 16:21:50

Thanks for your concern! My midwife took my blood to be tested and told me not to worry, beyond that no other help or information was offered. I am going to have to battle to get more information, but they hadn't even heard of the virus before when I called last week at the hospital I'm in. It's a strange situation where the knowledge of staff is not up to speed enough for them to assist me. I am going to have to contact experts myself and do my own research!

Akire Tue 26-Jan-16 16:26:32

Not a medical professional but said you get from bite then go on to develop low grade fever and rash. Which isn't very serious if not pregnancy but is when damages occurs. So if you have been bitten and not otherwise been unwell less of risk.

Akire Tue 26-Jan-16 16:29:06

Yes found it here.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Akire Tue 26-Jan-16 16:32:40

So just a bite without other symptoms seems highly unlikely but can see why you would be worried

bluewisteria Tue 26-Jan-16 17:05:42

The school of hygiene and tropical medicine in London may have info or be able to help you?

Mitty5 Tue 26-Jan-16 17:35:05

Hey ladies! Yes apparently of the 4000 Brazilian women whose babies were deformed, 80% of them had no symptoms. Several journalist articles, experts and the CDC (us centre for disease control) have confirmed that in 80% of cases pregnant women affected will have no symptoms. Yes currently talking to tropical medicine London about it, they are going to see what latest advice they can offer me, as they get updated (knowledge of Zika is currently limited but growing each day as more scientists are examining the virus and research studies are underway!) obviously it's evolving and I'll keep you all updated on any more recent findings!

OttiliaVonBCup Tue 26-Jan-16 17:40:59

21 weeks is around your anomaly scan.
Tell the sonographer you are worried about it.

Sophia1984 Tue 26-Jan-16 19:00:50

On Channel 4 news last night they said the highest risk was for women who were bitten in early pregnancy. Your baby will have already been through major development and growth by 19 weeks x

dratsea Tue 26-Jan-16 21:06:17

CDC guidelines.

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