El Salvador has requested women to not get pregnant until 2018, a testament to how severe the Zika virus has affected the country.
The virus isn’t as harmful to adults, but can cause serious problems for fetuses, being linked to brain damage and being born with abnormally small heads. El Salvador hopes to curb the virus with the ban on births.
It’s rampant throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and a case has already been reported in the U.S. The World Health Organization feels the virus will reach nearly all of North and South America.
El Salvador has seen at least 5,000 cases of Zika. One million people have been infected in Brazil, including 4,000 children born with microcephaly, the small head and brain damage condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked pregnant women to avoid countries infected with the virus.