How Zika spreads
- Zika can be transmitted through
- Through mosquito bites
- From a pregnant woman to her fetus
- Through sex
- Through blood transfusion (very likely but not confirmed)
What We Know
- Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
- Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
- Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex without a condom with someone infected by Zika, even if that person does not show symptoms of Zika.
- There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.
What we do not know
- If there’s a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with Zika.
- How likely it is that Zika infection will affect your pregnancy.
- If your baby will have birth defects if you are infected while pregnant.
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women for more information click on the links below:
Talk to your Healthcare Provider with questions or concerns about ZIKA.