A pregnant 17-year-old in Connecticut is dealing with the reality of being diagnosed with Zika while pregnant with her fiancé's baby.
"‹The Zika virus is one of the scarier threats facing pregnant women today. Though relatively mild for most people who contract it, the mosquito-borne illness can cause truly terrible things to happen to expectant women and their children, which is why the CDC has urged pregnant women to avoid travel to any areas where the virus is active.
But for one pregnant teenager, the virus was unavoidable.
17-year-old Sara Mujica, who lives in Connecticut, was recently diagnosed with Zika while pregnant. She believes she contracted it during a trip to Honduras, where she was visiting her fiancé. She reportedly began experiencing symptoms of the virus just days before she found out she was pregnant.
"I had a fever," she told ABC News. "And the rashes were just growing throughout my body."
Mujica returned to the United States to get tested before heading back to Honduras to be with her fiancé. She received a call from her mother who confirmed her worst fears through hysterical tears: Mujica tested positive for Zika.
"It's really heartbreaking knowing that I got Zika," Mujica said. "It was such hard news to take in all at once. My first thought was, 'What am I going to do?' And I asked my mom, 'What am I going to do?' I still don't know if I should do an abortion or take what God gave me."
Mujica is now one of 44 pregnant women in the U.S. who have tested positive for Zika after traveling to an affected country. A recent study found unborn babies exposed to Zika have a 1 in 100 chance of being born with the birth defect microcephaly.
It's incredibly hard to hear this woman tell her story—but it's also a powerful reminder that for pregnant women, avoiding exposure to Zika at all costs is so, so important.