What should I consider when traveling to an area with the Zika virus?

When traveling to an area with the Zika virus, you should consider wearing long pants and long sleeves. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. Other recommendations: Use screens on windows, stay indoors as much as possible and wear insect repellent.
If you must travel to an area where the Zika virus is present, take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. The label says they are safe for pregnant women.

Know that the Zika virus can be spread through sex. You can prevent this by using a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Kelli L. Culpepper, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Mosquito prevention is recommended if you must travel in an area with the Zika virus, says OB/GYN Kelli Culpepper, MD, of Medical City Dallas Hospital. In this video, she gives tips on how to prevent bites and the spread of Zika.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.

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