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  • My OBGYN said Deet is perfectly safe for pregnant woman. So does the CDC.
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  • I was hoping this was something that would die down and we wouldn't have stress about. But I'm starting to feel a little uneasy about it. I need to talk to my OBGYN asap. 
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  • Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent is as effective as DEET. Interesting research here: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/30/464740275/whats-the-best-way-to-keep-mosquitoes-from-biting
  • Aaand now the first domestic case has been reported in Texas. It wasn't spread by a mosquito but by sexual intercourse so be careful your hubby doesn't get mosquito bites either 
    It was less than 2 hours from where we lived. If I wasn't nervous about this summer, I sure am now 
    Where is it?? 

  • tmk0325tmk0325 member
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    Victoria's Secret bombshell perfume also is an insect repellent. NPR had an article about different types the other day. 

    Edited -- didn't see the link a few posts above. It's a good one! :)
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  • Ugh, I saw that and I live in Texas :(.  I guess I'll plan on spending the spring/summer inside  :'(
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  •  @TX126  Yea but it was transmitted through sex with someone that had got it in a different country. There wasn't an actual mosquito carrying the virus in Texas.
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    This is gonna be me anytime I see a mosquito from now on

    ETA: ugh, forget it.  Can't get my gif to work for whatever reason.
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  • I know - it's just the idea that it's "close to home" that is aggravating!
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  • @ThisisNumber3 - We ordered a lemongrass plant off amazon that has helped some.  It is amazingly sturdy and nearly quadrupled in size... easy to take care of.
    Totally checking this out!!! 
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  • @mimihatesyou yep. Dallas needs to get it together! 

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  • Aaand now the first domestic case has been reported in Texas. It wasn't spread by a mosquito but by sexual intercourse so be careful your hubby doesn't get mosquito bites either 
    It was less than 2 hours from where we lived. If I wasn't nervous about this summer, I sure am now 
    Where is it?? 
    North Texas, Dallas area.

       But I guess the guy who got it was traveling somewhere outside the US, came back infected, had sex with the girl and that is how she contracted it. I read an article about it yesterday and they are saying the virus stays active in your bloodstream from 7 to 10 days. So if anyone brings it over in the Summer, gets bit by a mosquito or whatnot, and that mosquito bites someone else....it is going to be one big vicious circle it seems. 
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  • Yes. One of the news stations was saying you should be preventative and not have sexual contact with someone for 28 days. 
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  • I read they think it's worse if you're bit in the first trimester when the brain is still developing but don't know for sure. I'm really hoping that's true and all of us will be OK since we'll be so far along during mosquito season. I live in Georgia and it's already getting back into the 80s. I have a feeling summer is going to come fast this year. 
  • Our area has a lot of the tiger mosquitos that carry this virus (in summer) and last year I tried using the Cutter family spray rather than DEET and it was completely ineffective . This summer I'll use the full on DEET to be safe.
  • I just read that 9 ppl were diagnosed with it in FL. They said they believe this is travel related but doesn't make me feel that much better
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  • They actually just declared a state of emergency for the state of FL per world news. They also say that pregnant women should use protection for nine months if their partner has been in an infected area as it can be spread sexually and they're not sure exactly how long it stays in your system even though the symptoms may not last long. 
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    Just wanted to say I am thinking of you all!! I am from the Midwest and it's been so bad with mosquitoes the last two summers that when I was very pregnant last summer, I wouldn't even go outside. That wasn't even with the added virus! I'm praying this doesn't turn into a big deal. It's so scary. Pregnant women have enough to worry about, now this?! 
  • Ugh, yesterday morning we had wind chill of 20* and it was super windy.  Last night I was playing with my kids out by the swing set at dusk and there were mosquitos flying around.  GO AWAY.  We are in the south and this spring/summer is going to be very long. 

  • I was also going to travel to Hawaii. My doctor said that although it's not a destination to be worried about you never know where the plane you are on has traveled and a mosquito with the virus can be on the plan.. It's a long shot of that happening but I personally rather be safe then sorry.

     

  • Sawdusty said:
    This has been travling around social media. It's a pretty one sided website. Not backed up by actual scientific trials or journals.

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  • frogdog06frogdog06 member
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    The prevalence of this virus in certain areas is very frightening. I did some searches but didn't find answers to my below questions. I am supposed to be a bridesmaid for a destination wedding in Bali in December. If baby is healthy, we are considering taking baby to Indonesia. 
    (1) What happens if a healthy baby gets Zika?? (bitten by a mosquito..granted obviously we would take preventative measures)
    (2) How long does one carry the virus?? We definitely want more than one child..
    Thanks all, and safe travels.
  • Here is an article that I just read on CNN.  Unfortunately, there are many questions that are still unanswered.  http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/16/health/men-zika-virus-sexual-transmission/


  • My inlaws offered to take me and my husband to Orlando Mar 17-20 for free. We would be staying at the World Quest Resort close to but not in Disney World. I left a voicemail for my doctor but was wondering if there are any FL moms out there or people who know about the realistic risk of getting bitten by a mosquito (w/ or w/o Zika) in March in Orlando. Thanks in advance!
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    I live in Orlando. It's starting to warm up slowly. It should be in the 80's by the time you would visit. 

    Mosquitos are not back yet but will be by late March. I'm going to wear bug spray in my back yard but the resorts/county/city spray and have totally amped up the spray schedule.

    also, there have not been any cases of Zika reported, as of today, in our county. I have an OB appt. in 30 mins and will report back if she says anything to me today.

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  • ThisisNumber3ThisisNumber3 member
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    I live in Orlando. It's starting to warm up slowly. It should be in the 80's by the time you would visit. 

    Mosquitos are not back yet but will be by late March. I'm going to wear bug spray in my back yard but the resorts/county/city spray and have totally amped up the spray schedule.

    also, there have not been any cases of Zika reported, as of today, in our county. I have an OB appt. in 30 mins and will report back if she says anything to me today.
    Im in Florida and plan to go to Disney in April.  Since there are no confirmed travel advisories and no confirmed cases anywhere in the US, I would think hard about going.  

    There are pregnancy risks everywhere and every day.  We drive in cars, we eat at restaurants, etc.  Those are risks we take so that we can still enjoy life.  Do it with the proper precautions (wear a seat belt, dont eat bad sushi, and wear some bug spray) and your risk should be low. 

  • I've been following this closely as well.  We are supposed to go to Palm Beach in April.  DH wants me to stay home (it's a business trip so he'd still go, we were just tagging along).  According to everything I've been reading none of the cases in FL have been from mosquitos in FL (they have all contracted the virus in Latin America or the Caribbean).  I'm still thinking I'll go (at the ok of my doc) but I'm not making any final decisions for another month.
  • There is a lot that is unknown about what is causing this increase in microcephaly, and it may be (as it is with many, many other things in the human body) that it is a combination of Zika virus and other factors, including environmental differences, that have caused the problem that is being seen in Brazil. There may also be something to be said about how Brazil does its record-keeping vs how Colombia does theirs.  

    I would NOT discount Zika virus as a highly suspect agent in what is causing birth defects. Zika virus is very similar to other viruses that we know cause brain malformation (and other congenital malformations) in developing fetuses.  The fact that the virus has also been found in the brains and placentas of babies with these defects is also a fairly damning link, although it's in no way a "smoking gun".  Until more is known, I would be very cautious about travel to areas known to have epidemic levels of Zika.  Why risk it if you don't have to?
  • There is a lot that is unknown about what is causing this increase in microcephaly, and it may be (as it is with many, many other things in the human body) that it is a combination of Zika virus and other factors, including environmental differences, that have caused the problem that is being seen in Brazil. There may also be something to be said about how Brazil does its record-keeping vs how Colombia does theirs.  

    I would NOT discount Zika virus as a highly suspect agent in what is causing birth defects. Zika virus is very similar to other viruses that we know cause brain malformation (and other congenital malformations) in developing fetuses.  The fact that the virus has also been found in the brains and placentas of babies with these defects is also a fairly damning link, although it's in no way a "smoking gun".  Until more is known, I would be very cautious about travel to areas known to have epidemic levels of Zika.  Why risk it if you don't have to?
    Agree.  But FL is not an epidemic level of Zika.  

  • @ThisisNumber3 -  I totally agree. I wasn't referring to FL either. This was in response to the article linked to suggesting that Zika virus is a conspiracy to keep making Monsanto money and the argument about the lack of cases in Colombia.

    I've also seen some people say that they think their chances of getting the virus and having complications are low, so they would still consider traveling to South America for trips that were previously planned. I say until we know more, I wouldn't risk it!
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  • Lurking from July BMB board and can't help chiming in. I'm in Austin TX and following all Zika news closely. My DH will def be as repellent covered as me this spring/summer (thanks sex transmission...) Zika came to Colombia later than Brazil. Colombia's tracking the pregnant women who've had Zika closely and I'm tracking Colombia! For US I've read keeping the A/C high discourages the aeges aegypti so Ill have HUGE electric bills (yay). I did read that the mosquito typically needs 2 weeks after biting someone to be able to transmit a virus so that's comforting for just being near a potential carrier for a short time. I'll take it seriously and do what I can. Not fun but better to know. If it did end up being a thing I'd def feel the @** for not doing what I could in the face of the unknown! We've got this ladies!
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