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Women in Zika areas should delay pregnancy: WHO

In order to avoid virus' devastating birth defects, the World Health Organization has said that women who live in areas where Zika is spreading should consider delaying pregnancy.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: In order to avoid virus' devastating birth defects, the World Health Organization has said that women who live in areas where Zika is spreading should consider delaying pregnancy.

The WHO stops short of advising couples to put pregnancy on hold, as some countries battling the outbreak have.

Instead, WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander said yesterday that men and women who live in outbreak areas should be given information about the risks of Zika and told that delaying pregnancy is an option.

Zika is rapidly spreading through Latin American and the Caribbean.

Health officials have long advised pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected areas, and say returning travelers should use contraception or avoid sex for certain time periods if they were exposed or infected.

(With PTI inputs)

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