Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016

Gynecologists and obstetricians launch own investigation Zika

pregnantWILLEMSTAD - Gynecologists and obstetricians, in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health Care (GGZ) began a research on pregnant women on the island. All women who are under the doctors’ care, will be monitored in order to get a clearer picture of the development of the brains of a fetus and any abnormalities.

“We want all pregnant women to be under the care of a medical specialist as soon as possible,” said Peter van Heesch, ultrasound specialist and obstetrician. “In this way we can start early with echoes and record the development.”

In Curaçao there are about 2000 babies born each year. Previous years, an average of three children were born with microcephaly. Now that there might be a link between Zika-virus and microcephaly, a protocol has been created by gynecologists and obstetricians.

The protocol was drawn up almost immediately after the first registration of the Zika-virus (January 20). “We want to educate women on the Zika-virus and how to prevent infection, but also unravel exactly how it is in Curaçao with the development of the brains of a fetus,” said Van Heesch.

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