If you haven't heard about Zika Virus, you need to pay attention to this as it is currently very active in a few countries and the virus is spreading explosively as commented by WHO's director general Margaret Chan.
Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus which has been linked to severe birth defects in newborns with the common presentation being microcephaly (smaller than normal heads). These babies born with microcephaly will experience developmental and health problems.
There is a lot unknown about the Zika Virus and hence there is no vaccine/ cure as such. It is very important to highlight that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to Brazil and several other countries in the Americas where Zika outbreaks have occurred.
If you are currently pregnant, you should be more careful of where you are traveling to and whether you are in the high risk zone. Prevention is of upmost important at this point, namely removing any stagnant water, wear protective clothing, insect repellents etc. You can find out more from the video below.
Dr Nicole Ng (MBBS) is a medical doctor with a passion in women's health and medical research