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Zika Virus - What You Need To Know

By Dr. Susan Mitchell

There have been recent reports of illness caused by the Zika virus in some parts of the world. The Zika virus may be particularly risky for pregnant women; your doctors at DuPage Medical Group want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision possible for your health and the health of your unborn child. 

The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Most people who get the Zika virus have mild illness, with a rash and a fever. There have been reports in Brazil of microcephaly (poor brain development) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in women who have the Zika virus. Although the medical community currently doesn’t fully understand the connection between these problems and the virus, the CDC has recommended pregnant women not travel to areas where there is ongoing possibility of transmission of the Zika virus. 

The CDC recommends avoiding travel to: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

If you must travel to these areas, please let your doctor know and please take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For more information, visit

DuPage Medical Group also offers a Travel Medicine Clinic for patients, to learn more please visit:



Topics and Subtopics: Infectious Disease & Pregnancy


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