Abstract

Zika infection in pregnant women is associated with an elevated probability of giving birth to a child with microcephaly and multiple other disabilities. Public health messaging on Zika prevention has predominantly targeted women who know they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, but not teenage females for whom unintended pregnancy is more likely. Vulnerabilities among this population to reproductive risks associated with Zika are further amplified by restrictive abortion laws in several Zika-impacted states. Key to prevention is enhanced, targeted public health messaging centered on teens nationally and particularly in certain high-risk regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-659
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Public Health
Microcephaly
Pregnant Women
Parturition
Pregnancy
Infection
Population
Zika Virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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Mitigating risks to pregnant teens from zika virus. / Maynard, Andrew; Bowman, Diana; Hodge, James.

In: Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 44, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 657-659.

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