Zika virus

Photograph of mosquitoUHS advises travelers to be aware of Zika virus and take appropriate precautions.

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have advised that travel to affected areas should be taken with caution.
  • Women who are or may be pregnant should avoid traveling to these areas if possible.
  • Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito found in affected regions. It is possible that Zika virus could be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy.
  • Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.

For current information and updates, visit the CDC's Zika website or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.