Zika Information for Pregnant Women

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Zika virus during pregnancy can have devastating effects on the fetus. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, which is a condition where the baby’s head is smaller than expected and brain development may be severely impaired.  Zika virus infection has also been linked to other severe fetal brain defects including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired physical and mental development. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus infection. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant it is critical that you take the following steps to protect yourself from the Zika virus.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have had unprotected sex with someone who recently traveled to an area with active Zika virus transmission.