The rapid spread of the Zika virus has prompted Latin American governments to urge women not to get pregnant for up to two years, an extraordinary precaution aimed at avoiding birth defects believed to be linked to the mosquito-borne illness.
What until lately was an apparently routine public health issue for states which are home to some particular kind of mosquito has morphed right into a culture that is possibly -shaping occurrence where the people of several states happen to be requested to delay procreation.
The World Health Organization says at least 20 states or territories in the area, including Bolivia and Barbados, Guatemala and Guadeloupe, Panama and Puerto Rico, have registered transmission of the virus. Although the Zika virus was recorded since the 1940s, it started its assault before few months on Latin America.
The hardest-hit nation has been Brazil, where the virus have got. The illness results in a abnormally small head and is related to brain growth that is incomplete. Other nations, including Honduras and Jamaica, additionally have encouraged women to delay having babies.
After more than 5,000 supposed Zika instances first weeks of 2016, El Salvador on Thursday took the most extreme position so far: Deputy the were reported last year Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza encouraged girls to refrain from becoming pregnant before 2018. The Central American nation sent samples to be analyzed for the virus and saw its first suspected Zika instances, Espinoza said in a interview.