The Latest on Zika

July 12, 2016 drdarria 0 Comments

I’ve been talking a LOT on Zika – and the info at times seems like a moving target.  I caught up with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to get their take on how to protect ourselves.  To learn what I learned, read below, and watch my latest Facebook Live session with Sharecare, where I answered more Qs. Want more info? Facebook Live sessions are every Tuesday at 2pm – and as long as I’m getting Zika questions, I’ll be answering them! Check out Sharecare’s Facebook page (or my own) to see them there!

Some new info:

  • What’s the risk to infants and children infected after birth? While those infected as infants (after the neonatal period) or young children would typically get the rash, joint pain, fever, and eye redness that is the acute Zika infection, the CDC doesn’t have any evidence that they’d develop any brain or nerve abnormalities. In fact, children are at even lower risk of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome. That said, they say they’ll “continue to monitor”, and to date cannot comment on the long-term effects. (Yes, my reaction, like yours was “Yay…I guess?”.  Read MORE here.



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