Navy Medicine providers are trained to recognize the symptoms of Zika and can offer testing to pregnant women who have possible exposure through travel to, or residence in, an area with Zika or who have had sex without a condom with a man with symptoms of Zika virus.
One of the first enlisted women to serve aboard a Navy submarine earned her submarine qualification, or “dolphins,” on August 2nd and is preparing to deploy aboard USS Michigan (SSGN 727). Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavedra, a native of Los Angeles, became the first female enlisted Sailor to earn her silver dolphins in a pinning ceremony held at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Tuesday.
Growing up near Tyndall Air Force Base as an Air Force “brat” wanting to follow in her Dad and Grandad’s footsteps to carry on family legacy she made the decision to become an Air Force Fighter Pilot. Maj. Ashley Rolfe is making history at the 104th Fighter Wing as the first female fighter pilot in the Wing’s seventy year history.
I am experiencing what many would call a “later in life” pregnancy. At 36-years-old, my body is just not the same as it was when I was 23 and an active duty Marine. So, it would not be fair of me to try and compare this pregnancy with my previous ones nor should I try to compare with anyone else for that matter. Although, let’s be honest here, I do … all the time. It is really hard to see a friend, who is due weeks if not months before you, who is barely showing.
One of the biggest unknowns about Zika viral illnesses is the number of patients who contract the disease but have a sub-clinical or asymptomatic illness. The incidence of asymptomatic Zika is critical to understanding how the illness is spread. Can an asymptomatic patient pass the virus to another person through sex? Can an asymptomatic patient infect a mosquito that bites him and infect the mosquito enough that the mosquito can transmit the virus to another human?