What should travelers and new mothers know about Zika virus?

Updated: Jun 30, 2021
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients should be educated concerning travel risks associated with Zika virus and prevention of mosquito bites and mosquito-control measures. Travelers should refer to CDC site before arranging travel plans for up-to-date information on Zika virus transmission internationally and in US states and territories.

The CDC provides information for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant on implications of Zika virus infection during pregnancy and provide helpful travel, testing, and management information related to the topic. [23]

The World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC recommend that mothers with Zika virus infection still breastfeed their infants, including those born with microcephaly. Zika virus has been isolated from breast milk but the risk for transmission via breast milk has not been documented. [24]

For more details, see Prevention.


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