Zika virus: recommendations for pregnant women


France recommends that pregnant women not go to countries affected by the zika virus. The dangers are very real for the newborn.

“It is recommended that pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant and planning to go to areas where Zika is rampant, to consider postponing their travel plans, or in any case to consult a doctor before departure to be informed about the complications that can arise during an infection with the Zika virus ”, announced last Friday the Directorate General of Health. The same day, American health authorities advised pregnant women to go to 22 countries in South America and the Caribbean, including Saint Martin. The zika virus is starting to cause concern. Some Latin American countries even ask women to postpone their pregnancies. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes belonging to the Culicidae family and the genus Aedes (including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), according to the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES).

Point in Saint-Martin 

The latest epidemiological bulletin from the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) indicates that in Saint-Martin and Guadeloupe, the epidemiological situation corresponds to phase 2 of the epidemic surveillance, alert and management program (Psage): “Beginner Native Viral Circulation”. An indigenous case has been confirmed in our territory. For Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands, doctors are requested to report suspected cases to the ARS at the following number: 05 90 41 02 00.

Symptoms of the disease

They are characterized by a rash with or without fever, and can be accompanied in particular by fatigue and muscle and joint pain. Neurological complications are possible such as Guillain-Barré syndrome. This disease is characterized by “damage to the peripheral nerves, described in Brazil and French Polynesia. In these territories, microcephaly and abnormalities of intrauterine cerebral development were also observed in fetuses and newborn babies of pregnant mothers during the epidemic period ”, specifies the institute.


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