At Westchester Health, we want all of our patients and their families to be healthy, happy and strong. Yet an ongoing serious threat to public health and safety is the Zika virus, which is why we have created a very informative 27-minute video featuring Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, and Tiffany Werbin-Silver, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Westchester Health. They discuss the Zika virus in depth, how it is contracted, how to avoid getting it, and how to get tested for it. Dr. Alan Siegel of Health iQ is the host.
To watch the video, click here.
For pregnant women, Zika is especially dangerous
Recent evidence from the current Zika outbreak has shown that the disease can have very serious consequences for pregnant women, causing babies to be born with microcephaly, a birth defect which causes an abnormally small brain and head size. For this reason, the CDC has advised all women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to consider postponing travel to any country where there is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Recently, cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the U.S. as well.
Zika has been detected in the following countries:
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barts
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Maartin
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States
- U.S. Virgin Islands
NOTE: This list changes almost daily, so it’s very important to check the CDC’s travel information site for updates.
Worried about Zika? Please contact us.
If you think you may have contracted the Zika virus, or are considering traveling to a country where Zika is present, please call (914) 232-1919 to make an appointment with one of our Westchester Health pediatricians. We will help you get tested and/or advise you regarding travel to Zika-affected areas. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.