In response to ongoing outbreaks in both North and South America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel notices for people traveling to areas where Zika is being spread. Pregnant women should postpone travel to areas affected by Zika.
For current areas with Zika virus, see the CDC map with active virus transmission. You can also receive CDC Zika travel updates on your phone by texting PLAN to 855-255-5606.
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Before your trip
If you are pregnant, do not travel to areas with Zika.
If you or your partner are trying to get pregnant, consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with Zika.
If you are planning on traveling and are pregnant or if you or your partner are trying to get pregnant, contact your healthcare provider about your travel plans.
DHS has the following resources for individuals planning to travel:
During your trip
Protect yourself from mosquitoes using these tips:
- Use effective mosquito repellent and apply according to the label instructions.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes.
- Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with an insecticide (e.g., permethrin) or repellent (e.g., DEET) will give extra protection. Do not use permethrin directly on skin. If traveling to a remote area, use bed nets when sleeping.
- The mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus primarily bite during the day, and prefer to bite indoors. Take precautions to avoid mosquito bites when spending time indoors and outdoors, and both during the day and at night.
After the Trip
See your doctor or other health care provider if you have the symptoms described below and have visited an area with Zika. This is especially important if you are pregnant.
Be sure to tell your doctor or other health care provider where you traveled.
If you traveled to an area with active Zika transmission, be aware of any potential symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain) of the virus and consult your doctor.
For Women: Health care providers recommend that women wait at least eight weeks after traveling before trying to get pregnant. To help prevent Zika virus transmission, women should use condoms or abstain from sex during this time period.For Men: Health care providers recommend that men should wait at least six months after traveling before trying to conceive with their partner. Men should also correctly and consistently use condoms for vaginal, anal, and oral (fellatio) sex or abstain from sex for six months to help prevent Zika virus transmission
Symptoms to watch for after returning from active Zika virus transmission areas:
Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:
- Joint pain
- Red eyes
How long symptoms last:
Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites, like dengue and chikungunya.
See your doctor or other health care provider if you have recently traveled to an area with Zika. Your doctor or other health care provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.