Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnancy has erupted in the news headlines recently. The concerns for the presumed association between exposure, infection in pregnancy, and neonatal microcephaly has led some countries in central and south America to issue travel and pregnancy warnings.
Zika virus is a Flavivirus that is similar to Dengue and Chikungunya. Transmission of the virus is primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. This species of mosquito tends to be fairly aggressive and bites throughout the daytime hours.