This handout provides some basic information about the risks of Zika virus infection during pregnancy and some things you can do if you are worried that your infant or unborn child may be infected. The video “Pediatrician Advice for Families: Responding to Your Concerns about Zika” can be seen at and has additional information.

Women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant should avoid areas where Zika virus is known to be a risk. If you live in these areas, you may consider waiting to become pregnant. If you are already pregnant, take the following steps to avoid getting mosquito bites:

Zika virus can also be spread by sexual contact for several months. Men should wait at least 6 months before trying to conceive a baby, and women should wait at least 8 weeks.

Zika virus cannot be spread by coughing, sneezing, kissing, or sharing a glass. People who...

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