This time last year, the vast majority of the United States population had never even heard of the Zika virus. Now, it's a huge concern for every individual considering pregnancy. In the blink of an eye, Zika swept through Brazil and 1.5 million cases later—in this past year—it seems like the microcephaly-causing virus is taking over and hanging out right at the border of our own country.
Zika transmission has not yet been recorded in the United States, but there have been 691 travel-aquired cases of Zika within the country. (And let's not forget about other United States territories, like Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa—over 1300 locally aquired cases of Zika virus have been reported in these locations, too.)
What's truly scary is that half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and that statistic represents a population of women who likely aren't even concerned about Zika. The topic is too real, then, for parents and parents-to-be to not understand it, so Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points sat down recently with Dr. Siobhan Dolan, a medical advisor to the March of Dimes and an ob-gyn at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to get the scoop.
Check out our Facebook Live interview with her above, and reference this list of quick Zika facts every parent should be aware of: