This image depicts a pregnant woman holding an unopened condom package with one hand and resting her other hand on her stomach. The risk of Zika is of greatest concern for pregnant women, who can pass Zika to their developing fetus if infected during pregnancy. Women can become infected by mosquito bites, or by having sex with an infected person. Condoms can help prevent transmission. The woman is wearing long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites.
“Pregnant couples concerned that one of them may have Zika should tell their healthcare provider immediately about: Zika symptoms; each partner’s travel history; how long either partner stayed in an area with Zika; and if they had sex without a condom. Zika infection is a cause of microcephaly and other severe brain defects. Pregnant women should prevent mosquito bites and protect themselves from sexual transmission throughout their entire pregnancy.”
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Key Words: Pregnancy, Zika, Mosquito, Birth Defects, Sexual Transmission