The Centers for Disease Control said the best way to test an unborn baby for the Zika virus is using the placenta. The Cameron County Health Department said it is now the most reliable way to test for the virus.
It’s because an expectant mother may not test positive for the virus from one week to the next. Evidence of the virus may stay in the placenta allowing for early detection.
Professionals said the Zika virus strikes a developing baby early, and the sooner someone knows about it the sooner they can treat the symptoms.
Rebecca Rivera is five months into her pregnancy. She said she works out to help her.
When she goes out to exercise, she wears repellant, long pants, long sleeves and socks. She said she avoids sunrise and sunset, peak times for mosquitoes.
“You don’t wanna cause any damage to your baby. You wanna have a safe, healthy baby. So you’re going to do everything you can to make sure that happens,” she said.