What is Zika?
Zika is a disease caused by a virus that is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can cause serious permanent birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. Zika can also spread through sex. People with Zika can pass Zika through sex to their partners even if they do not have symptoms at the time, or if their symptoms have gone away.
Who should worry about catching Zika?
What if you're infected by Zika while traveling?
Get tested by a doctor and receive treatment.
Women who have had symptoms of the virus or tested positive for it should wait at least eight weeks after their symptoms first appeared before trying to get pregnant. (Says the C.D.C)
Men who had symptoms should wait six months before having unprotected sex. (Says the C.D.C)
Most doctors even recommend eating up to two years before trying to conceive again.
Destinations without Zika.
According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) here are 15 countries you can travel to without Zika.
(North and South America)
The United States.
Barthélemy (St. Barts)
(Europe, Africa, Asia, & Australia)
The Pacific Ocean.
Safe travels! Hope this helps when choosing a destination, for those who are trying to become pregnant or just want to avoid Zika in general!!