Women In Countries With Active Zika Transmission Should Consider Delaying Pregnancy, WHO Guidance Says

CNN: Delay pregnancy in Zika-affected countries, WHO urges
“If you and your partner live in a country where the Zika virus is actively spreading via the bite of an infected mosquito, the World Health Organization wants you to consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having a baby with brain damage or other birth defects…” (LaMotte, 6/9).

The Guardian: WHO advises women to delay pregnancy over Zika virus threat
“…Governments of five countries, as well as Puerto Rico’s health secretary, have individually issued similar advice but this sweeping recommendation applies to the millions of people in countries where the virus has been detected…” (Holpuch, 6/9).

The Hill: New Zika warning from health leaders: Consider delaying pregnancy
“…In its strongest warning yet about the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said couples of reproductive age in the affected countries should be ‘correctly informed and oriented to consider delaying pregnancy’…” (Ferris, 6/9).

New York Times: Delay Pregnancy in Areas With Zika, WHO Suggests
“…The advice affects millions of couples in 46 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean where Zika transmission is occurring or expected. According to a recent study, more than five million babies are born each year in parts of the Western Hemisphere where the mosquitoes known to spread the virus are found…” (McNeil, 6/9).

Reuters: Women in areas with Zika transmission should delay pregnancy: WHO
“…The WHO issued the advice last week, but its meaning only became clear on Thursday when the health agency issued a correction to its advice on preventing sexual transmission of the virus…” (Steenhuysen, 6/9).

Washington Post: WHO: People in Zika-affected regions should consider delaying pregnancy
“…The WHO’s advice goes farther than recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has said that the government’s job is to provide the science and information and that it is up to women, their partners and their doctors to make personal decisions about the timing of a pregnancy…” (Sun, 6/9).

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