Women's Health Video: Your Zika Questions Answered During Our Q&A By UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, July 30, 2016 The chief medical officer of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC fielded patient questions about the international Zika virus epidemic. Richard Beigi, MD, vice president of medical affairs for Magee-Womens, spoke to patients about the virus during a live Facebook interview. Watch the q-and-a session to learn more about Zika-related birth defects, travel precautions, and risk factors. Watch our Q&A and get answers about the #Zika virus from Magee-Womens Hospital. Click To Tweet The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness linked to several serious birth defects. Global health officials have issued numerous travel-related health warnings connected to Zika. The virus, spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, poses a threat to both pregnant women and their sexual partners. For more, find Zika virus facts, news, and updates on UPMC HealthBeat.