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The WHO is now telling women to stop having babies


Some tips for avoiding the Zika. (UNIMAS/Flickr)

Living in a Zika-affected country can mean changing your family plans. The World Health Organization (WHO) is telling couples in around 50 Latin American and Carribean countries to consider delaying pregnancy to avoid children being born with birth defects.

It's a really strong suggestion from the WHO:

“But it’s important to understand that this is not the W.H.O. saying, ‘Hey everybody, don’t get pregnant.’ It’s that they should be advised about this, so they themselves can make the final decision.”

Scientists have linked Zika to infants born with brain damage and really small heads (a condition called microcephaly).

With no vaccine available (yet) and no way to stem the spread of the mosquitoes carrying the virus, delaying pregnancy might actually work in favor of the women.

A WHO panel will also meet next week to decide the implications of the Zika outbreak on the Rio Olympics games.

American cyclist Tejay van Garderen has already withdrawn from the games, fearing his pregnant wife might get the disease.

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The WHO is now telling women to stop having babies

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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