By zika, Colombia recommends government "not pregnant"

By zika, Colombia recommends government "not pregnant" -

The Ministry of Health of Colombia couples called "not pregnant" before the advance of virus zika in the country, after 11,712 cases were registered in 2015, of which 297 were women in gestation and following an alert from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) linking the occurrence of more cases of hydrocephalus with the virus.

"in consideration of the phase in which the epidemic and the risk involved is, to all inhabitants of the national territory couples become pregnant is recommended during this phase which can go until July 2016, "he says one released by the office of health and Social Protection circulate.

the document, aimed at departmental and municipal authorities, as well as organizations providing health services, also recommends "every pregnant woman who does not live in an area below 2,0 meters above sea level, try not to travel to these areas because of the high risk of infection."

As reported by EFE, the circular warns that this "is an emerging viral disease for the Americas caused by the virus (the) Zika" and indicates that "the general population is susceptible" to get it.

also mentions the warning issued last November by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the increase in cases of microcephaly in the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, and its possible association with Zika.

Yesterday, Senator and Colombian doctor Jorge Ivan Ospina, party Green Alliance, reported that registered the first case of a child born with microcephaly caused by virus zika in the country.

"I am told the unfortunate news of the first child with microcephaly zika product in Colombia. The Ministry (of Health) to confirm and proceed ", wrote the senator in his Twitter account, but did not specify the place where the child was born.

Previously, Ospina asked President Juan Manuel Santos to make a "speech warning about the risks of zika and mobilizing society against the mosquito (Aedes aegypti)" which transmits it.

the zika is a virus which is transmitted after the bite of a mosquito of the genus Aedes like Aedes aegypti transmits the same as dengue and chikungunya.

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