How long should women who have been exposed to or contracted Zika virus wait before attempting pregnancy?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The CDC advises that women with Zika virus infection should wait at least 8 weeks after any symptom onset before attempting to get pregnant. Asymptomatic women with a possible exposure (who have been in an area of active transmission) should also wait 8 weeks before attempting pregnancy. They suggest that men wait at least 6 months before attempting to conceive. [26]

Owing to high rates of microcephaly among infants born to women with Zika virus infection, South American governments (Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador) have advised women to avoid pregnancies until 2018.

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