Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission
Quick update on what you need to know about Zika virus to protect yourself and your family. Zika virus spreads to people through mosquito bites and in some cases through sexual contact. While the virus poses little risk to most individuals, if you are pregnant, the virus may put your unborn child at risk.
CDC recommends delaying pregnancy after Zika virus infection
The CDC issued guidance urging women who have been infected with the Zika virus to wait at least two months before trying to get pregnant, and for men who have had the virus to wait at least six months before trying to conceive to avoid birth defects tied to the virus. The guidelines also advise men and women with possible Zika exposure to delay conception attempts for at least two months. Reuters (3/26)
What to know about Zika virus
Zika virus is not spread through the air. Most of the time Zika infection does not cause any symptoms. When it does, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.
- No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
- Prevent Zika virus by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
- Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
- Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
- Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex
At A Glance – Zika in the U.S. (as of March 23, 2016)
- Travel-associated Zika virus disease cases reported: 273
- Locally acquired vector-borne cases reported: 0
- Of the 273 travel-associated infections, 19 are in pregnant women and 6 were sexually transmitted
- Travel-associated cases reported: 4
- Locally acquired cases reported: 282
- Of the 282 locally acquired infections, 35 are pregnant women