Earlier this week, we reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is causing major concerns for the Duggar family.
The problem is that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are performing missionary work in Central America, where women have been cautioned to avoid getting pregnant until at least 2018 for fear of the effects the virus might have on their children.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Jill has probably been using birth control or abstaining from sex, despite her family's belief that it's God's will for women to have as many babies as possible.
Now, a new blog post on the Duggar family website indicates that Jill and Derick may have left the region and returned home to Arkansas.
The post seems to be the family's reaction to frequent questions about where Jill and Derick are living at the moment, and one passage in particular has fans thinking that the young couple is back in Tontitown:
“For the time being, Jill and Derick Dillard wish to keep their location confidential, but please keep their little family, as well as others in Central and South America, in your prayers as they serve in regions where Zika is present.”
The family's apparent interest in keeping Jill and Derick's location under wraps and the couple's recent silence on social media have convinced many fans that the Duggars are back in the States.
Jill and Derick cut their mission trip short without telling fans once before, and were forced to return an undisclosed amount in donations as a result.
So it stands to reason that the couple would try to remain low-key if they were forced to return to Arkansas, particularly if they plan on eventually returning to Central America for a third go-round.
Unfortunately, Jill and Derick will still need to exercise caution, as the Zika virus has now been detected in Arkansas.
The CDC has not yet cautioned against women getting pregnant in any part of the US, but between rabid fan interest in her location and the possibility of disease-carrying mosquitos, Jill might have multiple reasons to stay indoors.