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Question and Answers: Zika Virus Infection (Zika) and Pregnancy

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

January 14, 2016

Zika virus infection (Zika) can be transmitted from mother to fetus. If contracted, the infection can cause severe birth defects, such as microcephaly. Pregnant women traveling to areas where Zika transmission is ongoing need to be aware of how the disease is spread,  the health risks its poses, and its common symptoms. It is important for them to know what precautions to take to prevent infection and what to do if they contract the virus.