ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Zika virus is raising concern across the country, including the Capital Region, but doctors and lawmakers aren’t the only ones talking about it.
Before the Zika scare, Paul Antonovich and his wife were planning a trip.
“We plan a trip every year with my wife and her family,” he said. “We’ve gone to Cancun a couple times in the past, but we decided to do something different and go to Costa Rica.”
But now, they’re not going.
“The CDC listed is as one of the countries that’s effected by this, and we had to cancel the trip,” Antonovich said.
Antonovich said he’s not concerned about getting the virus himself. He’s concerned because his wife is trying to get pregnant.
“Based on the fact that we’re trying to have a baby pretty soon here,” he said. “It would be pretty devastating to have a baby with those kind of birth defects.”
In some Latin American countries, health officials have said the virus causes a condition called microcephaly where babies infected are born with abnormally small heads. The CDC, however, has not said there’s a definitive link between the virus and the birth defect.
But Antonovich and his wife aren’t taking any chances.
“So the more that people travel, the more that it’s going to be coming in; once people come into the U.S., and they have it,” Whipple said. “Men can transfer it to women through sexual intercourse.”