How can a pregnant woman traveling to endemic areas minimize her risk of exposure to Zika virus?

Updated: Jun 30, 2021
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission and avoid sex with someone with recent travel to Zika risk area. [47]

If a pregnant woman living or travelling to an area with Zika virus transmission, she should be advised to strictly follow recommended steps to avoid mosquito bites throughout the entire day and avid getting ZIKV through sex by using condoms during sexual activity (oral, vaginal, or anal) or avoiding sex during pregnancy.

Pregnant women and their partner with history of travel to an area with risk for Zika or Zika outbreak, should monitor for symptoms (acute onset of fever, rash, arthralgia, conjuctivitis) and avoid sexual transmission through abstinence or use of condoms. 

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