Egypt Ok’s abortion of Zika-infected pregnant woman if fetus under 120-day age  
An Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in this March 6, 2016 file photo. As the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity. To match Insight HEALTH-ZIKA/MOSQUITOES REUTERS/Alvin Baez/Files

CAIRO: A pregnant woman infected with Zika virus could have miscarriage in case the pregnancy period did not pass four months since the conception, stated Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, a Sunni Islamic body concerned with issuing fatwas, Monday.

In case that the age of a fetus is less than 120 days, a pregnant mother could have miscarriage if doctors or specialists said that virus causes disorders for the babies, Dar al-Iftaa said in a statement; but if the fetus is above age of 120 days, abortion is prohibited unless pregnancy represents threat on woman’s life and health, the statement added.

Iftaa’s decision based on a belief that the soul entered the fetus in the 120th day of pregnancy as abortion after that age means killing a soul. The decision also came after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on governments in zika-stricken countries to allow woman access to abortion to delay of pregnancy.

Mosquitoes from the Aedes aegypti genus exist at a limited-scale in Egypt, but they do not carry the Zika virus, head of the Preventive Medicine sector Amr Qandil told Youm7 previously. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced zika virus is a global health emergency.

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