- 3,100 pregnant women have been infected with the Zika in Colombia
- A total of 25,645 people were infected with the virus in the country
- However, there are so far no recorded cases of microcephaly in Colombia
- Colombia urged women to delay pregnancy for at least six month
- Pregnant women infected with Zika are eligible to access abortion services in Colombia
Over 3,100 pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus in Colombia, authorities confirmed.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated that a total of 25,645 people were infected with the virus in the country. The virus has been linked to the disorder microcephaly characterized by underdeveloped brains.
Santos said that the country could end up having 600,000 cases. However, according to the President, there are so far no recorded cases of the birth defect in Colombia.
The President also said there could be around 1,000 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe disorder that can cause paralysis and which some health departments have linked to Zika.
Santos said the government has initiated all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease including the elimination of mosquito breeding sites and fumigation to kill adult mosquitoes. He further said that pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are eligible to access abortion services in Colombia, which are usually very restricted.
The Colombian government also urged women to delay pregnancy for at least six months.
Last Friday, media here reported the first abortion because of Zika infection. Reports from the country also show that many women struggle to find abortion services even when they meet firm legal requirements.
According to the U.S. CDC, most individuals fully recover from Zika virus without severe complications, and severe illness or deaths from Zika virus are extremely rare.