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Update on the Zika Virus
by Amy Seale
Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2016
At Orphan Outreach, we are committed to the health and well-being of our mission trip participants who travel with us around the world. We are aware there is growing concern about the outbreak of the Zika virus (which is carried by mosquitos). The virus generally causes mild symptoms, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women against travel to many Central and South American and Caribbean nations because there is reason to believe that Zika is related to microcephaly, which can cause brain damage in newborns, but a direct causation has not been identified. More research is to be done to determine causation. As of now we recommend women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant to consult with their personal physician on whether or not they should travel to Guatemala or Honduras.

The Zika virus has not been considered a major threat to the average person as 4 in 5 people infected by a mosquito do not develop symptoms at all. In fact, it's likely that millions of people in the tropical Americas may have had the virus without knowing. Those who do exhibit symptoms can experience fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes but usually do not require hospitalization.

As we have in the past, we highly recommend that our mission teams traveling to Guatemala and Honduras use a mosquito deterrent and talk to their personal physicians about any health concerns.

We are praying for all those infected, especially the children and families with little to no access to healthcare.

For more information - http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

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