Florida Mom-to-Be: Zika Turns Pregnancy Into Horror Movie

Liz Tracy talks being pregnant at the center of the US' Zika outbreak
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2016 4:25 PM CDT
Florida Mom-To-Be: Zika Turns Pregnancy Into Horror Movie
A pregnant woman looks out of her Miami apartment, which is located within the one-square mile radius where the Zika virus has been detected.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

"Pregnancy typically feels like a sci-fi flick," Liz Tracy writes for the Atlantic. "Zika, however, turns these nine-and-a-half months into a horror movie with a monster that is almost impossible to locate and hard to avoid." Tracy is currently pregnant in Miami, home to the US' first cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika. She works a 10-minute walk from the Wynwood Arts District, home to a dozen of those first cases, and ate dinner and went for a walk in the neighborhood just weeks before the Zika news broke. So she has reason to be concerned. Unfortunately, Tracy says she's found state officials and healthcare workers have done little to ease that concern.

Tracy met with indifference and obstacles while attempting to get tested for Zika. She was finally tested on her fifth attempt, and the doctor never even called to give her the negative results. Another woman tells Tracy she's been pregnant for more than six months and her OB/GYN still hasn't brought up Zika. The possibility of Zika-caused birth defects are just another thing for pregnant women to worry about. One woman tells Tracy she hasn't left her home except to go to the doctor, and Tracy finds herself feeling "as vulnerable as a newborn baby" while covering herself in bug spray and head-to-toe clothing despite scorching temperatures. "Right now, it seems like all pregnant women in Miami can do is hide, and hope," she writes. Read the full piece here. (More Zika virus stories.)

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