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Northern India's Zika Outbreak Reach Alert Status

December 10, 2021 • 2:54 pm CST
(Zika News)

The U.S. CDC announced on December 9, 2021, a new Level 2 Travel Advisory has been issued for the Zika outbreak in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Since October 2021, hundreds of Zika cases have been confirmed.

Zika is spread mainly through the bite of an infected mosquito. The types of mosquitoes that spread Zika bite people during the day and early evening.  

Moreover, travelers to Uttar Pradesh should take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to their sex partners. Therefore, not having sex eliminates the risk of getting Zika from sex.

Using condoms during sex can reduce the chance of getting Zika.

Zika can be passed from pregnant women to their fetuses, causing specific congenital disabilities, such as microcephaly. 

Furthermore, the CDC says pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with outbreaks of Zika. 

If visiting an area known for Zika transmission, the CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women, the sex partners of pregnant women, and people considering pregnancy.

As of December 10, 2021, the U.S. FDA has not approved a Zika prevention vaccine.