Pregnant Depot Hill resident Jess Edwards lives next door to The Globe Hotel, where a 200 metre buffer zone has been set up after Zika virus concerns.Photo Rachael Conaghan/ The Morning Bulletin
Pregnant Depot Hill resident Jess Edwards lives next door to The Globe Hotel, where a 200 metre buffer zone has been set up after Zika virus concerns.Photo Rachael Conaghan/ The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

Mum-to-be cleared of Zika virus, after emotional wait

AFTER nine months of pregnancy, the thought of a single mosquito bite putting her unborn child in danger caused anxiety for Jess Edwards this week.

But with only a week to go until her due date, Jess has been assured by Queensland Health that women in the later stages of pregnancy shouldn't need to worry.

"I'm relieved, knowing the baby is going to be fine," she said.

"I was pretty emotional when we first found out.

"Apparently it doesn't affect women in their late stages so I'm lucky there, I just hope no other women get it that are in the early stages because it is a scary thought, all over a mosquito bite.

"I'm just hoping it does disappear before somebody is bitten … I hope this goes away without doing any damage."

Jess and her partner Russell Burton live right next door to The Globe Hotel, where Queensland Health are focusing their control efforts.

Bernie Gribble, the man who contracted the virus in the South American country Guyana, spent several days at The Globe before he was diagnosed with the virus on February 24.

He arrived in Rockhampton and began feeling sick on February 15, but since recovering has returned to South America.

Jess said when they first heard about the virus possibly being present next door they rang the maternity ward and yesterday they had a doctor's appointment.

They are now awaiting a visit with their GP to have precautionary tests done.

"They (Queensland Health) have all been pretty efficient about it, they're hoping by next month there will be no cases," she said.

"Everyone has been great about it, you've just got to give it time."

In the meantime, Jess said they have stocked up on insect repellent and kept the house closed just to be safe.

People with these symptoms should see their local doctor:

  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle and joint pain
  • red rash
  • red itchy eyes

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