Zika Infection Testing
- Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and is associated with other pregnancy problems.
- Zika can cause fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis.
- All pregnant women in the US should be assessed at each prenatal care visit for possible Zika exposure.
- People who live in or have recently traveled to an area with active Zika transmission.
- People who have unprotected sex with someone confirmed to have Zika virus infection or who live in or traveled to an area with active Zika transmission.
- Bite from an infected mosquito.
- Sex, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time.
- Do not travel to areas with known Zika outbreaks.
- Pregnant patients should protect themselves from mosquito bites and take steps to prevent sexual transmission during and after travel.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay and sleep in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside the home.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if traveling overseas or outside and are not able to be protected from mosquito bites.
- Use condoms and other barriers to reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex.
- Not having sex can eliminate the risk of getting Zika from sex.
Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov/zika/.