Roger Marwood and Becca Maberly

Scared I May have contracted Zika Virus

Roger Marwood and Becca Maberly

I am 17 weeks pregnant and all is going well.

Unfortunately I spent Christmas in Barbados which has been confirmed as a Zika location.

Although there is relatively little information on the subject, I understand that additional scans to monitor the babies head growth may be beneficial and probably more importantly stop me worrying.. I had a routine appointment with the midwife this week but she did not know about the virus.

I wondered what the best way to get additional scans would be. I’m happy to go private if required.

 

It must be a worry , but help is available.  Many units have guidelines for supporting pregnant women and their partners, who may have recently visited a country affected by possible Zika virus .

An early scan and a blood test will be helpful and you should contact your midwife team and ask to be referred for investigation . You should be able to get this organised on the NHS.  If not any private Obstetrician would be ale to help.

Here are some links which we hope will help.

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/01January/Pages/Zika-virus-your-questions-answered.aspx?

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6503e1.htm#F1_down

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