New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that pregnant women postpone unnecessary travel to the following countries due to the risk of mosquito borne Zika virus: Carribean, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Puerto Rico. There is no known vaccination or treatment for Zika virus at this time.
If you must travel to an area where Zika virus is present, take special precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites. DEET containing insect repellant is safe to use during pregnancy.
Women who are thinking about becoming pregnant should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and discuss any questions with their provider.
The Zika virus is transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito or from mother to fetus during pregnancy. Many infections are without symptoms but symptoms may include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes). Reports from Brazil regarding pregnancies affected by Zika virus have shown babies with microcephaly (small head) and other poor pregnancy outcomes.
If you have recently traveled to one of these countries and are having symptoms, please discuss with your provider.
For more information regarding Zika virus and travel precautions, please visit the CDC website: www.cdc.gov or talk with your provider.