Pregnant women are at a higher risk of suffering severe outcomes from monkeypox

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women are at very high risk for monkeypox. The U.S. confirmed last month its first case in pregnant women of monkeypox. “Monkeypox” is what we refer to as a zoonotic or infectious disease. It is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people,” Dr. Luis Ostrosky, UT Physicians infectious diseases expert, said.

Since the 1970s, monkeypox has existed. Ostrosky says that the occasional outbreaks of monkeypox in the 1970s were rare and mostly occurred in Africa.

This time, the outbreak is spreading to men who have had sex with other men. However, we are starting to see cases of household transmission to children and women,” he stated.

This includes pregnant women. “Unfortunately, pregnant women can lose their baby if they contract monkeypox. Ostrosky stated that it can cause serious complications for the mother and affect the fetus. Monkeypox spreads easily to anyone who has close, intimate, and often skin-to-skin contact with it. Ostrosky advises pregnant women to be safe.

He said, “Number 1 is to avoid risky sexual behavior and number 2 is going to get vaccinated.”

Because there is a shortage of vaccines, not everyone can get them. The CDC recommends that people who have been exposed or are at higher risk of getting monkeypox to be vaccinated.

Ostrosky stated that “Right now isn’t the time to have sex with people who you don’t know.” Once all legions are healed, you’re no longer considered to be contagious. This usually takes around 21 days.

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