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The Zika Virus: Should You Be Worried?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Should you be worried about the Zika virus?
Air Date: 2/5/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP
Richard Watkins Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP, is an infectious disease physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center and an associate professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed residency training at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and an infectious diseases fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
The Zika Virus: Should You Be Worried?
Every day of the past few weeks has brought new information about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning for pregnant women not to travel to certain countries in South America and parts of the Caribbean.

The latest warning is that expectant mothers who contract the virus can give birth to babies with microcephaly (abnormally small heads). This can cause developmental delays, shorter lifespan, and death.

If you're not pregnant or intending to become pregnant, the virus is fairly harmless. The problem is that many people who are infected don't show any symptoms.

Listen in as Dr. Richard Watkins explains the risks and impact of getting the Zika virus, as well as tips for prevention.
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