The Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. While several investigational vaccines are under development, including those in early human clinical trials, there are no FDA-approved treatments or vaccines for Zika virus. FDA is monitoring for fraudulent products and false product claims related to Zika virus. Consumers are encouraged to report the sale of illegal products marketed to prevent, treat or cure the Zika virus.
Zika Information and Resources Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Contains facts and information on symptoms, health effects and risks, transmission, and prevention for the general population with a section on information for pregnant women as well as areas with risk of Zika, including guidance for people living in or traveling to areas within the US where mosquito-borne transmission has been reported. This site is also available in Spanish.
CDC resources for Zika-related education and messaging include:
- a Zika Virus 101 video, available in English and Spanish
- fact sheets and posters, available in English
- free publications in various languages
- key messages for use in developing other materials, available in English and Spanish
Pregnancy and Zika Virus Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Summarizes what is known and not known about the virus, provides information for pregnant women to protect themselves and infants and for men to protect themselves and their partner, reviews birth defects caused by the virus, and provides English and Spanish phone or chat line information for those with questions. This site is also available in Spanish.
Zika in Infants & Children Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Reviews the types of transmissions from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy (congenital transmission) and around the time of birth (perinatal transmission) and current recommendations for breastfeeding for women infected with the Zika virus. This site is also available in Spanish.
Zika Virus: What Parents Need to Know Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides information on symptoms, how the virus is spread, and prevention, as well as a video message and additional resources. This site and video are also available in Spanish.
Behavioral Health Resources on Zika Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA
Provides practical steps to ease stress and anxiety about the Zika virus, and resources by audience including pregnant women, parents, and public health officials.
Avoid Mosquito Bites Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Contains information on Zika and other diseases by mosquitoes, tips for preventing mosquito bites while traveling, and advice for those experiencing certain symptoms after a trip. This site is also available in Spanish.