Zika Virus: How to Stay Safe and More

Protect you and your family from Zika virusRight now, some places are safer.

Pregnant women should be careful and protect themselves from mosquitoes and the Zika virus. It is connected to development problems in baby.

Check out CDC’s Traveler’s Health trip planner before you head out the door for up-to-date travel health notices.


For pregnant women or women thinking about becoming pregnant:
  • It is best to put off travel to places where you should be more careful. If you must go, see your doctor or health care provider first and avoid mosquito bites.
  • If you become pregnant after the Zika virus is out of your system, your baby will not be affected.
  • If pregnant and infected, the Zika virus may cause development problems in your unborn baby. Babies you have in the future will not be affected.


Where should I be more careful?


How can I protect me and my family?

It is mostly spread through mosquito bites, but can also spread by blood, sex, or from pregnant mom to baby.

  • Being careful where you travel (check CDC travel updates)
  • Avoiding mosquitoes by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using indoor screens and bed nets and emptying standing water near you.
  • There are no vaccines at this time to prevent Zika virus.


What are the symptoms?
  • Not everyone with the Zika virus has symptoms, but the most common symptoms are mild fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain and headache. For those with symptoms, it usually lasts for about a week.
  • There are no medications for treatment at this time.

Our government is working to help solve this health problem by:
  • Working with local, national and international public health partners
  • Making sure everyone (including doctors) knows about Zika
  • Posting travel health notices and guidelines
  • Developing lab tests for Zika
  • Working on a vaccine
  • Reporting and watching Zika virus cases in order to learn more about how and where it is spreading
  • Keeping an eye out for any Zika virus infection in the US
  • Doing more studies to learn more about Zika and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Supporting mosquito control in the US and around the world


More on Zika: Zika Virus 101 (video)


Keep in mind that more studies need to be done in order for us to have a better understanding of all developmental problems caused by Zika virus infection during pregnancy and how likely expecting moms and unborn babies are to have problems during pregnancy and birth.

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

If you don’t have a doctor, find a health center near you.

cell phoneCheck out CDC’s TravWell app (free) for up-to-date travel alerts, emergency phone numbers, recommendations, pre-travel care clinics and checklists to keep you and your family safe at your next destination.

Call 800 – CDC – INFO (232 – 4636), email or visit CDC website for more up-to-date information.






Questions and Answers: Zika virus infection (Zika) and pregnancy. Center for disease control and prevention web site. 1.usa.gov/23g0hQ4. Updated January 20, 2016. Accessed January 20, 2016.

Transmission. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. 1.usa.gov/1OxSOUR. Updated January 15, 2016. Accessed January 20, 2016.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. 1.usa.gov/1PGj5hs. Updated January 15, 2016. Accessed January 20, 2016.

Travel Health Notices. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. 1.usa.gov/1pYUnkr Updated January 22, 2016. Accessed January 23, 2016.

What CDC is Doing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. http://1.usa.gov/1T1yixH. Updated April 12, 2016. Accessed April 13, 2016.


Updated March 07, 2016

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