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I am 12 weeks pregnant and I live in northern Ohio. Do I

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I am 12 weeks pregnant and I live in northern Ohio. Do I need to be concerned about the zika virus this spring and summer? I heard we do not have those type of mosquitos here but it still scares me.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr Caplan replied 7 months ago.


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Expert:  Dr Caplan replied 7 months ago.

The rates of zika virus in the US are small, and very publicized, but one could also argue that the risk of just one case is terrifying enough to make it a worrisome phenomenon. When you ask, "do I need to be concerned?" I would say "yes," but within reason. Provided you are wearing full-covering clothing, excellent mosquito protection, and minimizing your exposure to locations which have mosquitos, you should be fine. The general risk is quite low. It may also be helpful to contact your local department of health, and to monitor the CDC website for any known cases within your region. Most likely, there are very few, if any mosquitos around that would be worrisome. That might provide some anxiety relief for you.