A pregnant Toronto woman told The National Post that she’s considering aborting her baby following a trip to Brazil in December.
She’s worried that she may have been bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus, which is suspected to cause abnormally small heads and brain defects. The World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency regarding the virus.
The mom-to-be spoke on condition of anonymity, as she and her husband have not yet told their family and friends about the pregnancy, which is 10 weeks along.
Because the women doesn’t recall having any bites, and isn’t exhibiting any symptoms, her family doctor and an infectious disease specialist determined that she isn’t eligible for testing.
“I am very upset. If the statistic was 10 per cent of people infected with Zika are asymptomatic, I might be able to swallow that and do serial ultrasounds,” she told the National Post. “But 80 per cent?”
“It’s frustrating and ridiculous. I am just one person — there are many pregnant women who have travelled in the past couple of months to these countries.”
Should Zika testing be conducted for anybody who wants to put their fears to rest?
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