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12 Avr 2016 
First Alabama resident confirmed with Zika virus

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Aedes aegypti can spread the Zika virus, which is suspected in an unusual birth defect and possibly other health issues. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Pregnant women and women who plan to become pregnant should not travel to countries where the Zika virus is present, the Alabama Department of Public Health said today in a statement.

The warning comes a day after Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Zika is a "bit scarier" than originally thought as more birth defects are linked to the virus. Alabama State Health Officer Tom Miller said the virus has been tied to "severe birth defects and other pregnancy complications."

Since the onset of the Zika outbreak, ADPH said a large number of newborns in Brazil have congenital microcephaly, a condition that is characterized by an abnormally small head.Click here for a list of countries where Zika outbreaks are underway.

"Any pregnant woman who has traveled to a Zika-affected area during pregnancy should be evaluated and tested, regardless of symptoms," ADPH said. "Pregnant women whose male sex partners have traveled to an area with Zika need to be concerned about sexual transmission of the Zika virus and the male should use condoms every time or not have sex during the entire pregnancy."

Couples who are trying to get pregnant should seek counseling and postpone travel to Zika-affected areas, ADPH said. Women who have traveled to one of these areas and have been diagnosed with Zika or are showing symptoms should wait at least two months before conceiving, while men should wait at least six months.

The department encourages both men and women to use condoms or not have sex for at least eight weeks after returning from a Zika-affected country even if they do not develop symptoms consistent with the virus. Up to 80 percent of people who have Zika do not have symptoms.

"The current understanding is that the virus can persist for an extended period of time in semen," ADPH said. "That is why there is a longer time frame for the male recommendation. These recommendations are based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

While there have been 346 travel-related Zika cases in the U.S., the CDC said there have been no locally-acquired Zika cases. Of the 346 reported, 32 were pregnant women, seven were sexually transmitted and one had Guillain-Barr syndrome.

Three Alabama residents have tested positive for the virus, while 15 cases are still pending.
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