Women in El Salvador Told to Delay Pregnancy Until 2018 Due to Zika Virus

Written by on January 30, 2016 in Environment, Wildlife with 40 Comments

Zika Virus and pregnancy
By Julie Fidler | Natural Society

The Zika virus is spreading so quickly in Latin America and the Caribbean that health officials in El Salvador are advising women not to become pregnant until at least 2018 to give them a chance to get on top of the crisis.

Other Latin American countries, including Colombia and Ecuador, as well as Jamaica and in the Caribbean, have recommended delaying pregnancy, though for not as long.

Local governments initially believed they were facing a run-of-the-mill health problem, but Zika has become a culture-shaping scourge that has spread throughout at least 20 countries in the region, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Zika, which is transmitted by the common Aedes mosquito, has hit Brazil especially hard in recent months, infecting some 1 million people. In the past 4 months, health officials have received reports of nearly 4,000 cases in which the virus may have caused microcephaly, in which babies are born with an abnormally small head and brain, which may have been caused by Zika. [1]

But Brazil has, by far, taken the most drastic steps to prevent further, devastating birth defects.

“The recommendation is that people plan their pregnancies, that they avoid if at all possible to have babies this year,” Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza said. “This is the first time that we have suffered an attack of Zika virus, and the first attack is always the worst.”

For many in the predominantly Roman Catholic country, the recommendation is morally conflicting, as the church condemns contraception.

“Morality says that people shouldn’t have that control” over procreation, Rev. Hector Figueroa, a priest in charge of health issues in the San Salvador archdiocese, said. “But the church also isn’t going to say something that runs contrary to life and health.”

“This is a very delicate issue,” he said.

Many have criticized the recommendation, noting that many El Salvadoran pregnancies are unplanned. Some say it points to confusion and a lack of planning on the part of the government.

The Salvadorian government has tried to stem the spread of the Zika virus by fumigating mosquito-breeding areas, and launching radio and TV public-service campaigns urging pregnant women to cover as much of their skin as possible to avoid mosquito bites. Others are trying to create genetically modified mosquitoes to reportedly tackle issues like this, but that is another controversial topic. [2]

On Friday, federal health officials added 8 destinations to the list of those to which pregnant women should not travel due to Zika. Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadalupe, St. Martin, Guyana and Samoa have been added by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the list that already included Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

It was announced Friday that 3 people in New York had become infected with the Zika virus after traveling to endemic parts of the world and being bitten by Zika-carrying mosquitoes. One person is recovering, and the other two patients recovered without complications.

“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement.

The WHO says there is circumstantial evidence to suggest that the virus is being transmitted in India and may be penetrating deeper into Africa. [3]

It’s likely that Zika will eventually be transmitted in the U.S., because although the virus can’t be spread from person to person, mosquitoes are likely to pick up the infection.

“It’s not if, it’s when,” said Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston.

Dr. Edward McCabe, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the March of Dimes, said he is concerned about how quickly Zika is spreading.

“I think this is concerning. We need to take it seriously,” he said.

“With the recent outbreaks in the Pacific Islands and South America, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase,” the CDC noted in comments accompanying a global map of Zika virus transmission. “These imported cases may result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States,” the agency warned.

How far and wide it will spread is anyone’s guess.

“There’s a good chance we’ll see it this coming summer, given what we saw with chikungunya two years ago,” said Dawn Wesson, an associate professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans. [4]

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  1. 1020938651296339@facebook.com' Öztürk Boran says:

    Latest method to control the population and a new income channel for drug companies. Economy must have been turning down 🙂

  2. 921544747958665@facebook.com' Patrick Boyland says:

    Yip I agree, done on purpose, population control and money making schemes, poor folk. Its done all round the world all the time, new world order creeping in.

  3. 231717187163874@facebook.com' Beverly Hale says:

    No one is talking about the damage it does to adults not pregnant, long term, heart damage, death. Guess people aren’t important enough to mention.

  4. 964243770307179@facebook.com' Roger Medina Jr. says:

    A virus that just comes out of the blue hmmm like most of them do… first its swine flu, ebola now this.. sounds man made to me.. but if it was really natural these viruses would have wiped us out decades ago

  5. 1536660123293671@facebook.com' Tsegaye Zinabu says:

    is it also US made virus ?

  6. 10208380145164948@facebook.com' Marisa LaTorre says:

    In a country where abortion for any reason is illegal, birth control is difficult to obtain and women are arrested for having a miscarriage, this is almost impossible to achieve. Sterilization is the predominant form of birth control in El Salvador. So have to wonder if this is a form of eugenics.

  7. 10153274244166316@facebook.com' Nancy Joy Davies says:

    Yes

  8. 951126988264421@facebook.com' David Covington says:

    good luck with that……thats like my girlfriend tellin me to stop drinking beer

  9. 145815225799502@facebook.com' Joseph Dirks says:

    Yea good luck telling a spanish girl not to get pregnant

  10. 1650566128559878@facebook.com' Sylvia Gottwald says:

    Just think, there ae 7+billion people on this planet, there are not enough resources for all ..the oceans are overfished ,the land animals are going extinct at a fast rate because of various reasons loss of habitat( to humans).one of them..and some humans are still breading like rats. They have to be stopped!

    • 10207098822646223@facebook.com' Nichole Sunshine says:

      So then YOU stop making babies and tell YOUR children not to make babies and so on and so on. How dare you insinuate that Latin Americans are the ones who should be sterilized, when it’s USA’s greed that has caused all the devastation on our natural resources. NORTH AMERICANS are the ones encouraging: destruction of habitat for profit, over fishing, spilling oil, dumping toxins, comercial farming, fracking oil, ground water and soil contamination.

      You want to cut down on the population that is taking too much from our Mother Earth?….. start with yourself, your family, your neighbors, your friends and all other North Americans. Then move on to the Japanese. Then move on to the Chinese. Then on to the Indians, in India. THOSE are the main offenders of our beautiful mother earth…. NOT the poor, devastated, mostly innocent Central and South Americans. Their population numbers and resource use is under control, much more than the rest of the offenders I just listed.

      Goodness gracious!! What is up with all these people being so ignorant as to “chase the ball” that the 1%ers are throwing out????

      Look, it’s like this… You’re eating lunch with a bunch of classmates. One of them says “Hey, look at THAT!” and points to the direction far off to the right and slightly behind you… you eagerly look for what your classmate is pointing out, surely it will be crazy or amazing. But while you break your neck, looking for nothing, your classmate swipes the cornbread off your plate and all his friends chuckle as they walk away with your cornbread.

      THIS is EXACTLY what they are doing to all of us now. So, please, stop looking the other way for something they point out as important. There’s nothing there and these guys are getting away with absolute obscenary!

  11. 972625236123454@facebook.com' Erik Albert says:

    Asking to delay pregnancy is as good as it possibly gets, if what you want to do is controlling your insane breeding galore.

  12. 10153955189693628@facebook.com' Nut Meg says:

    i think it has been created by pharmaceuticals …soon they will prodice ‘a cure’, having scare mongered everyone, they will be able to charge alot for it.

  13. 10203579329643906@facebook.com' Vincent Tan says:

    Hurrah…

  14. 231717187163874@facebook.com' Beverly Hale says:

    Zika virus? article written 2/19/15,Lab is on Marathon Key, insect name Aedes Aegypti, Oxitec was to release in Key Haven.

  15. 10207098822646223@facebook.com' Nichole Sunshine says:

    I am appalled at all these NON Salvadorans, ruthlessly encouraging eugenics on a population they know nothing about. You claim the people of this nation need to stop making so many babies (only you called them rats, rabbits and other animals). You believe that preventing these people from procreation is going to solve this “Zika Virus”? You’re crazy! It was man made, in order to garner support for total control on a weak nation. But, many of you, without any further research than a single news article, support this “No more babies” initiative.

    So then YOU stop making babies and tell YOUR children not to make babies and so on and so on. How dare you insinuate that Latin Americans are the ones who should be sterilized, when it’s USA’s greed that has caused all the devastation on our natural resources. NORTH AMERICANS are the ones encouraging: destruction of habitat for profit, over fishing, spilling oil, dumping toxins, comercial farming, fracking oil, ground water and soil contamination.

    You want to cut down on the population that is taking too much from our Mother Earth?….. start with yourself, your family, your neighbors, your friends and all other North Americans. Then move on to the Japanese. Then move on to the Chinese. Then on to the Indians, in India. THOSE are the main offenders of our beautiful mother earth…. NOT the poor, devastated, mostly innocent Central and South Americans. Their population numbers and resource use is under control, much more than the rest of the offenders I just listed.

    Goodness gracious!! What is up with all these people being so ignorant as to “chase the ball” that the 1%ers are throwing out????

    Look, it’s like this… You’re eating lunch with a bunch of classmates. One of them says “Hey, look at THAT!” and points to the direction far off to the right and slightly behind you… you eagerly look for what your classmate is pointing out, surely it will be crazy or amazing. But while you break your neck, looking for nothing, your classmate swipes the cornbread off your plate and all his friends chuckle as they walk away with your cornbread.

    THIS is EXACTLY what they are doing to all of us now. So, please, stop looking the other way for something they point out as important. There’s nothing there and these guys are getting away with absolute obscenary!

  16. 575612295926961@facebook.com' Chris Borowski says:

    I seen it on world news ABC, it truly is an epidemic, for those skeptics. Just saying…

  17. 965593663500207@facebook.com' Mark Krehbiel says:

    Are they mentioning anything about avoiding the forced Tdap vaccine during pregnancy or the that the mesquitos are Genetically Engineered? Several things are Way Wrong Here! http://www.trinfinity8.com/zika-virus-mosquitos/

  18. 957555644290266@facebook.com' Jamie Bucklin says:

    The Chemical companies are causing the health issues, not this old harmless virus

  19. 1691970157756345@facebook.com' Baba Loblaw says:

    Me thinks something other than the Zika virus is causing the male government officials to tell women to not get pregnant till 2018.

  20. 10153471111908127@facebook.com' Nicolette Joan says:

    Zika is not causing birth defects. There must be something else. How about the GMO mosquitos released at the epicenter of the outbreak?

  21. 834661339989065@facebook.com' La Donna Switzer-Hawn says:

    Remember last yr they made some gmo skitto’s in Brazil it’s crazy what the government dies to humans

  22. 416986551831756@facebook.com' Ronalyn A. Antonio says:

    There’s are news that Zika virus is already in Asia Thailand I guess.. Hoping not true because Philippines is near in Thailand which is both in southeast Asia:-( but I wonder how can’t be pregnant until 2018 in El Salvador..hmmmm

  23. 10153817453452777@facebook.com' Phina Moleba says:

    Sounds like population control.

  24. 10153901519187328@facebook.com' Ivan Garcia says:

    You told them not to get pregnant?
    A predominantly Catholic, developing (poor) country? How far does that go?
    How about education, fumigation, birth control assistance?

  25. 1095176397161585@facebook.com' Barbara Tims Halbert says:

    Agenda 21

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