Santo Domingo.- Calling the zika virus a major threat Public Health minister Altagracia Guzman on Tuesday urged women to avert pregnancy on the possibility of giving birth to children with neurological and microcephaly deformations.
She said part of the first three months of pregnancy is vital to the formation of the fetus and the disease in that period `poses a high risk.
Guzman agrees with a Brazilian doctor who recommends that women avoid pregnancy as long as the virus is present.
Hundreds of cases of children born with microcephaly (small head), have been reported in Brazil, where their mothers contracted zika during pregnancy.
"Every woman of childbearing age and sexually active must use mosquito nets because they have the possibility of having a pregnancy if it´s not planned", the official said.
Guzman also spoke of the need to use repellents containing methyl benzamine, amino-propionic acid and hydroxyethyl, and which the Pan American Health Organization recommends.