April 20, 2019
Zika Virus and Travel
Ask the Experts

Zika Virus and Travel

by Berkeley Wellness  

Q: Should I avoid traveling to countries where Zika is prevalent?

A: No, unless you are pregnant. The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause birth defects, so pregnant women should avoid travel to such countries, the CDC advises. If they do travel there, they should strictly follow guidelines to prevent mosquito bites. This is an evolving story, but the latest CDC advice is for women and men who have traveled to Zika-­affected areas to wait at least eight weeks when they return home before attempting conception. Men who travel to such areas and have pregnant partners should use condoms or abstain from sex for the duration of the pregnancy (the virus can live in semen for months, apparently).

For up­-to­-date information, consult the CDC’s Zika virus information page.

Also see Zika Virus and Sex and Can Birth Defects from Zika Be Prevented?