Expectant mother Jill Dillard and husband, Derick, have landed in hot water as fans claim they are putting their son and unborn child at risk during their recent travels.
The former Duggar and her husband currently have a 1-year-old son, Israel David, and recently announced that Jill is pregnant with a second boy.
But that hasn’t stopped the two from continuing with their missionary work, according to Cafe Mom.
The couple allegedly started traveling to El Salvador with their son last year to work as missionaries, and recently returned for a prolonged stay, according to a recent post on their website in which Jill calls the country “home.”
But something else Jill wrote in the blog post has fans worried. She said:
“The first few days we were here, amidst the settling in and busy schedule, Israel and I (Jill) were battling coughs and colds and Israel developed a low-grade fever, which we quickly noticed was as a result of an eye infection (he first had this at the beginning of our last time here when he was only 8 months old).”
Apparently, Jill and her young son have been exposed to illness since arriving in Central America. And that wasn’t their only problem. Jill wrote:
“Thankfully it hasn’t been as bad as the first time! Israel and I were also welcomed “home” by a couple of fire ant bites (something we aren’t used to back home in NW Arkansas)”
Fans were quick to point out that fire ants aren’t the only bugs the Dillards have to worry about.
El Salvador has been plagued by the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos and can cause devastating birth defects for unborn children, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant “[s]hould not travel to any area of El Salvador below 6,500 feet.” Though, according to a map of El Salvador, that appears to be most areas of the country.Image Credit: Screenshot/CDC
It’s unclear where Jill’s currently staying in El Salvador, or if she is at risk of getting infected with the Zika virus – but the possibility has been enough to anger fans.
They lashed out at the couple on Facebook.Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
According to the CDC, many countries in Central America — not just El Salvador — are currently under a Zika virus warning.
Neither of the Dillards has publicly comment on the controversy yet.