The CDC recently updated its Zika travel guidance. March is a time when many people get away from the snow, ice and cold and thaw out in the sunshine of a southern climate. But, before you hop on a plane, it is best to do a little homework first and find out where the Zika virus may be a threat.
An interactive world map will show you areas of Zika risk so that you are able to make an educated travel decision. The map shows international destinations as well as U.S. territories. You can search for location-specific Zika information and travel recommendations.
Another helpful tool is CDC’s Know Your Zika Risk (scroll down the page to use the widget). It will help you determine the risk of Zika for each person in your household and assist you in making informed decisions about your health.
If you are going to visit family or a friend in an area with Zika, the CDC tells you what you need to know before, during and after your trip, to keep you and your family safe.
- If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, do not travel to an area with active Zika.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby and can cause serious birth defects.
- Even men need to protect themselves from Zika, as it can be passed through semen.
- At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika, and no known cure.
Prevention and protection is key. Learn more on our website.
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