How can a pregnant woman traveling to endemic areas minimize her risk of exposure to Zika virus?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. [21]

If a pregnant woman travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, she should be advised to strictly follow recommended steps to avoid mosquito bites throughout the entire day. When used as directed, insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women. [21]


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