On Thursday, the U.S. Center For Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging pregnant women to stay away from 11 additional countries in Southeast Asia due to Zika risk. Though the CDC doesn’t call you out directly, since Zika can be passed on from you to your partner, you might want to steer clear too — or, pull a Mr. Freeze if you must. The virus, which has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly and sever fetal brain abnormalities, is not something expectant parents should mess with.
Health officials first became concerned about the region in August when an outbreak hit Singapore, but they most recently advised pregnant women to avoid nonessential travel to Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam. Though this may not affect your spouse unless they have a very, very specific reason, it does pile on to to nearly 60 countries and regions the CDC has already advised as off-limits to prospective parents. Sorry, you can’t conceive in Rio like you always wanted … and also maybe Florida like you never wanted.
Unlike Brazil however, the CDC says the risk in these additional areas is likely relatively low. Experts suspect that this is because Zika is not new to this region and has actually been in these countries for years. “Zika virus is considered endemic in some countries, and a large number of local residents are likely to be immune,” the advisory says. That’s great and all, but if you’re currently planning a babymoon (or just a vacation with someone who you hope to impregnate soon), check out these 7 zika-free vacation destinations.
[H/T] The Washington Post