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Zika Virus – FAQ

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico and now in Florida.

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Pregnant Women Advised to Consider Postponing Travel to Areas where Zika Virus Transmission is Ongoing

 

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus which has been previously reported in parts of Africa, Asia, and islands of the Pacific Ocean. During the current outbreak in Brazil, Zika virus RNA has been identified in tissues from several infants with microcephaly (abnormal brain development) and from fetal losses in women infected during pregnancy.

Until more is known and out of an abundance of caution, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctors or other healthcare providers first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

CDC has issued an official health advisory and travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This list is being updated frequently and further spread to other countries in the region is likely. Please check the Pan American Health Organization website for an up to date list.

For additional details, visit CDC’s health advisory and travel alert pages.

 

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