In late December the Brazilian government took the unusual and unprecedented step of warning Brazilian women of childbearing age not to get pregnant.
Other countries, including El Salvador, quickly followed suit. Days later, America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning to pregnant women, urging them to avoid visiting 14 countries in total.
Why all the worry?
Because health officials noticed an alarming spike in babies born with unusually small heads, a condition called microcephaly.
Dr. Paul Thomas
Dr. Paul Thomas is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).
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