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Zika Information for Pregnant Women

Pregnant women should not travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. Viral infection in pregnant women has been associated with microcephaly in infants. See the Travelers’ Health Zika website for international travel guidance, and check the US Maps page for details on active Zika virus transmission in the United States.  

If you MUST travel to affected areas, please carefully read the Mosquito Bite Protection for Travelers flier, linked below.  You may also refer to the additional printable fliers below.

For questions about Zika, reach out to your local Florida Health Department.  In Monroe County, you can call them at 305-293-7500.  Governor Rick Scott directed State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to activate a Zika Virus Information Hotline for Florida residents and visitors, as well as anyone planning on traveling to Florida in the near future. The hotline will be managed by the Florida Department of Health, and will answer questions on the Zika virus and the state’s preparedness efforts. The number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is 855-622-6735.

MothertoBaby experts are also able and ready to provide evidence-based information about Zika. MothertoBaby experts can cover Zika-related topics such as:

  • Mode of transmission
  • Regions where it has been identified
  • Symptoms of infection
  • Effects of the infection and symptoms on the pregnancy
  • Effects of treatment of the infection and symptoms on the pregnancy
  • Prevention of infection
  • Central nervous system (CNS) malformations
  • Information on types of testing depending on when the infection occurred

The toll-free number (866) 626-6847 is for anyone in North America to receive more information.  Calls will be routed to one of 14 affiliated services around the country to speak with an expert, as well as offering in-person counseling sessions through one of the 14 affiliates.  This service is available to mothers, healthcare professionals, and the general public.  

MotherToBaby experts include, but are not limited to, specialists in the fields of: Obstetrics and gynecology; Pediatrics; Genetics; Dysmorphology (abnormal fetal tissue development); Perinatal epidemiology; Teratology; Behavioral teratology; Pharmacy; Genetic counseling; Nursing ; Midwifery; Maternal and child health; and Public health.

For comprehensive information about the Zika virus, targeted to specific groups, click here to visit the Zika Home page on the CDC web site.  

The list of countries and territories affected by the Zika virus is being added to regularly, and includes many in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and a small area of Africa.  For an up to date list and map of areas affected, click here to visit the CDC web site. 

According to the CDC web site, "There is now scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly— a congenital malformation with smaller than normal head size for age and sex. It has also been associated with other birth defects and neurologic conditions in children and adults."

CDC Information about Zika and Microencephaly

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