09:33pm Monday 21 August 2017

CDC updates Zika travel guidance for pregnant women to not travel to any area with Zika risk

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CDC has updated its Zika travel guidance and now recommends that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection, including areas where the virus has been newly introduced or reintroduced and local mosquito-borne transmission is ongoing; areas where the virus was present before 2015 (endemic) and there is no evidence transmission has stopped; and areas where the virus is likely to be circulating but has not been documented.

To help pregnant women and others identify areas of Zika risk, CDC published a new interactive World Map of Areas with Zika Risk that allows people to search for location-specific Zika information and travel recommendations. CDC also published an interactive “Know Your Zika Risk” tool that offers tailored risk and prevention messages based on information provided by travelers.  In addition, CDC’s Zika testing recommendations for pregnant women have been aligned with these three risk categories, as depicted in a new map for healthcare providers to use for evaluating and caring for pregnant women possibly exposed to an area with Zika risk.

For more information on Zika, visit www.cdc.gov/zika.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


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