Due to a possible link between infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in the infant, pregnant women are strongly advised to delay travel to Zika-affected areas. If travel is unavoidable they should take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites. See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and have traveled to a Zika-affected area within the last 12 weeks.
Additionally, pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant who have a sex partner living in or traveling to Zika-affected areas should:
· abstain from sex (vaginal, anal, or oral)
· or use condoms correctly and consistently for the duration of the pregnancy
Men who traveled to a Zika-affected area also should:
· abstain from sex
· or use condoms correctly and consistently for three months after their return
With no treatment or vaccine available, the only protection against Zika is to avoid travel to Zika-affected areas. If you do travel to a country where Zika is present, the CDC advises strict adherence to mosquito protection measures:
· Use air conditioning or window/door screens
· Use mosquito repellant on skin and clothing, even during the day
· Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
· Empty standing water from outdoor containers (even small containers)
See your healthcare provider if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within two weeks after traveling. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.