Since Zika is spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to areas with ongoing transmission protect themselves from mosquito bites:
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long‐sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use EPA‐registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. Always use as directed. The oil of lemon eucalyptus was removed‐safety in pregnant women is unknown.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA‐registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.
- Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children aged >2 months.
- Use permethrin‐treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre‐treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
- Stay and sleep in screened‐in or air‐conditioned rooms.
Women who are pregnant (in any trimester) should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. If you are pregnant and must travel to one of these areas, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow the steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip. Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctor about plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection before travel and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during travel. All women of childbearing age who choose to travel should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites in the event of an unplanned pregnancy.