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.
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.
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For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. More than 9,000 babies are born each year at Magee. The hospital also treats men for a variety of conditions, including surgical treatment. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first center to focus research only on conditions involving women and their infants.