The Zika virus is a disease spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito known to transmit viruses that cause dengue fever. This mosquito is common in the tropics and bites during the day. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms can last several days to a week and are often mild where people are not sick enough to be hospitalized and rarely die from the Zika virus. The most recent public health concerns have been due to the "possible" association between Zika and birth defects (such as microcephaly-neurological condition of which an infant's head is significantly smaller than normal) and Guillain-Barre syndrome (a disorder of the body's immune system that attacks part of the peripheral nervous system).
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When a woman who is pregnant becomes infected with the Zika virus, it can be spread from the mother to the fetus (baby) during pregnancy. Until scientific evidence is confirmed of the association between the Zika virus and birth defects, as a precautionary approach the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in an effort to respond to Zika outbreaks. In addition the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 1, 2016, declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders found in some areas affected by Zika. This effort is a public benefit to: 1). alert the public and healthcare providers about Zika risks, 2). provide travel notices and guidance, 3). provide public health laboratories with diagnostic tests, and 4) Identify and report cases to prevent the spread of disease.

The following video and infographics provide women who are pregnant and travelers with prevention tips regarding Zika, provided by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


Countries and Territories in the Americas with Active Zika Virus Transmission
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Pregnancy & Zika Virus Prevention

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Pregnancy & Travel

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For more information on Zika, pregnancy and travel visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
NHTSA Child Restraint Recall Notice,:

1) Graco Extend2Fit car seats

These include the above seats manufactured between November 27, 2015, to January 20, 2016.

Graco will notify registered owners and provide a newly corrected label,  free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on February 26, 2016. 

Product owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109. or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.

More information on this recall.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up for child recall notices at safercar.gov
 
 
NHTSA Child Restraint Recall Notice,:

1) Graco ComfortSport, model numbers 1813040 and 1794333;
2) Graco Ready Ride, model numbers 1924520 and 1924519; and
3) Graco Classic Ride, model number 1812930.

These include the above seats manufactured between March 1, 2014, and February 28, 2015.

The recall expected to begin February 22, 2016. Product owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109. or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.

More information on this recall.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up for child recall notices at safercar.gov