The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, and you can become infected with the virus by a mosquito bite.
Women who are infected with Zika can pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy.
Babies who are infected with Zika can suffer serious birth defects, including a condition called Microcephaly. Babies with Microcephaly have smaller heads and can experience brain damage.
There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. To keep you and your baby safe, follow these tips:
- Do not travel to areas with a Zika outbreak.
- Take steps to avoid mosquito bites (wear EPA-approved insect repellent, wear long sleeves and drain standing water from outdoor areas).
- If you develop the symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, headaches, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain), see a healthcare provider right away for testing.