A latest news reported by The Age has confirmed a case of Zika Virus in a pregnant Victorian women after returning from overseas. It is not revealed which country she travelled to as to protect her privacy. However health professionals are advising women who are pregnant or wish to get pregnant to consider postponing travelling to any country with active Zika virus transmission.
According to ABC News Australia, Victoria's Health Department has released a health alert urging Victorians to "get access to good quality information" before travelling to countries where there was a Zika prevalence. The virus has been identified in 25 countries and currently have active transmission in Brazil and other parts of Central and South America.
On top of that according to Victoria's acting Chief Health Officer Roscoe Taylor, Zika Virus could also be sexually transmitted other than being transmitted by mosquitoes.
Symptoms of Zika Virus can include a fever, a rash which is sometimes itchy, and joint pains. However it is important to note that 80% of the time there might not be symptom at all. Hence, pregnant who have travelled to high risk Zika Virus areas and have symptoms should seek their GP for testing.
My heart goes out to pregnant women diagnosed with Zika Virus, it is truly an extremely stressful and anxious period for these women not knowing whether their unborn child is affected.
Dr Nicole Ng (MBBS) is a medical doctor with a passion in women's health and medical research