DENVER, June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to a recent spike in cases of Zika virus in the U.S., Colorado
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe, neurologic or fatal conditions to a fetus if the woman is infected during pregnancy. Zika virus can be transmitted through blood, semen of infected men, placenta and amniotic fluid, as well as the breast milk of pregnant women. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the link between Zika and microcephaly, along with other severe, fatal brain defects. The virus is also thought to potentially be associated with other neurologic conditions such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a serious neurologic condition that leads to paralysis.
Local outbreaks are occurring in many countries, including parts of Africa, Central and South America, and in the Pacific Islands, so CCRM is encouraging couples trying to conceive to avoid travel to these areas of the world if possible. A list of countries with current Zika transmission is available on the CDC website.
"As far as we know, the only people living on the U.S. mainland currently at risk for Zika are those traveling to affected areas or those who have had sexual intercourse with someone who has recently been in that region," said Dr. Brian Levine, practice director for CCRM New York.
Dr. Levine recommends that all travelers should use insect repellents or oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products, which provide longer-lasting protection.
Women and men who are trying to conceive should adhere to the CDC's following guidelines:
Additionally, individuals who plan to freeze eggs or sperm prior to travel/exposure must wait the time frames of eight weeks post travel or, in symptomatic males, six months post travel before attempting pregnancy.
"Many of our patients have struggled to have children and are eager to start treatment right away – encouraging them to be patient is not easy. But if they have traveled to at-risk areas or have plans to, we are cautioning them against going through treatment until the proper waiting time has passed. Successful and healthy pregnancies are always our highest priority," says William Schoolcraft, M.D., medical director of CCRM.
CCRMFounded in 1987 by Dr. William Schoolcraft, the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) is one of the nation's leading infertility treatment centers, providing a wide spectrum of infertility treatments ranging from basic infertility care to advanced in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. CCRM has locations in Colorado, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Orange County and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Schoolcraft and his colleagues achieve some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. CCRM has been ranked "The #1 Fertility Center in the U.S. with the Greatest Chance of Success" by Child.com. To learn more, visit www.ccrmivf.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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SOURCE Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM)
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