|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Caribbean

Dominican Health Minister Asks Women to Postpone Pregnancy Due to Zika

SANTO DOMINGO Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino on Wednesday asked women to postpone getting pregnant this year due to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same insect that carries dengue fever, Chikungunya and yellow fever.

During a meeting of the National Commission for the Control of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, the minister said that an ever clearer relationship is being established between the virus and the incidence of babies being born with abnormally small skulls, a condition known as microcephaly.

Also, she announced that 27 samples from different patients had been sent to the United States for testing to determine if they are cases of the Zika virus.

Guzman Marcelino reiterated the importance of eliminating the breeding sites for mosquitoes.

The health ministry asked pregnant women to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellants that do not cause undesirable effects on a fetus, wearing clothing that covers the skin, using mosquito netting at night and having more frequent prenatal checkups.

Public Health Management director Jose Manuel Puello said Tuesday that Zika symptoms are not as serious as those of dengue or Chikungunya and that treating those symptoms is commonly done by administering acetaminophen, using lotion to keep swelling down on the associated skin rash and hydrating the affected area with a saline solution, just like for other mosquito-borne endemic illnesses.

However, he emphasized that the most effective measures against the disease are eliminating mosquito breeding sites near homes and covering standing water sources for domestic use.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved