Zika is an infectious disease caused by the Zika virus. It is most commonly transmitted to people by mosquito bites. Symptoms of Zika typically include fever, rash, joint pain, and/or red eyes. Zika is currently circulating in countries and territories in Latin America, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and Africa. The problem is most severe in Latin America and the Pacific Islands.
In response to the role of Zika virus in causing birth defects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel recommendations for people traveling to regions and certain contries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women should not travel to these regions.
- Zika Virus: Information for Pregnant Women [click on a language below]
- Zika Virus: Frequently Asked Questions [click on a language below]
- Zika Virus and Travel: Infographic for Pregnant Women [English] [Spanish]
- Pregnant or Trying to Become Pregnant? Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips [English] [Spanish]
- Zika Frequently Asked Questions from the California Department of Public Health [English]
- Pregnant? Warning: Zika Might be Linked to Birth Defects – Detailed Flyer with Tips to Prevent Mosquito Bites from CDC [English] [Spanish]
- Zika Virus Information Webpage from the California Department of Public Health
- Zika Virus Information Webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers, a detailed flyer from CDC
Medical Providers: See SFDPH Zika Virus Page for Healthcare Providers