The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new health advisory Monday for women who might have been exposed to Zika and think they might want to get pregnant.
What the CDC is discovering is those Zika antibodies that are floating around your body after you’ve been exposed can still be in your body more than 12 weeks after you’ve been exposed. For women who think they might want to get pregnant, getting tested before pregnancy would help their doctors know if they were exposed before pregnancy or during pregnancy.
There are two tests for Zika: the Zika virus immunoglobulin M and the Zika virus nucleic acid test. Both tests have their limitations, but the CDC is recommending doing the IgM test before pregnancy and in the first trimester as well as doing the NAT test every trimester.
In the U.S. both Texas and Florida have had cases of Zika.
As well, if you’ve traveled to these countries, the CDC has issued travel advisories for them:
- Cape Verde
- The Caribbean
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; The Bahamas; Barbados; Bonaire; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory; Saba; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Eustatius; Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; US Virgin Islands
- Central America
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
- The Pacific Islands
Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
- South America
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela