Ask the VEC: Zika Virus and Pregnancy

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Q. I am pregnant and concerned about Zika virus. How can I protect my baby and myself?

A. Pregnant women are currently recommended to refrain from traveling to areas with Zika virus. If it is not possible to postpone travel, speak with your healthcare provider in advance of your trip and strictly follow advice for preventing mosquito bites.

Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a male partner is also possible. If a pregnant woman has a male partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika, the CDC recommends either using condoms correctly during each sexual encounter or not having sex during the pregnancy.

The CDC has published a useful infographic on Zika and pregnancy.

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