Since I’m pregnant, I use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. I will do whatever it takes to keep my developing baby safe.
On the Zika Virus Prevention Information page of this website, you can find links from trusted sources on ways pregnant women can protect themselves from mosquito bites, as well as information on what to do if you are pregnant and concerned you might have been exposed to Zika.
Because I work outside every day, I know my chances for getting bitten by a mosquito are high. That is why I use a condom with my partner.
As a man, it is your responsibility to use a condom every time you have sex to protect your partner and your developing baby. Play it safe by using a condom or don’t have sex while your partner is pregnant. Learn the basics, talk to your partner about condom use, and use a condom properly.
To stop Zika, families and communities must work together to protect our homes and remove the places where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
The Resources and Tools page of this website provides information for organizing community Zika prevention activities, as well as digital and downloadable media materials. Join us and help protect our community, including pregnant women and their developing babies. Together we can stop Zika.
Learn About Mosquito Transmitted Viruses
This Is How We Stop Mosquitoes is a campaign to inform and motivate people to stop the spread of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. All of these diseases are viruses spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika is especially dangerous to pregnant women and their developing babies. Unlike other diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as dengue and chikungunya, if a pregnant woman becomes infected, the Zika virus can cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, in her developing baby. You can protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent as directed and long sleeves and pants, getting rid of standing water in your home, yard and neighborhood, and using window and A/C when possible.
We also know that the Zika virus can be spread by sex from an infected person to his or her partner, even if the person does not have symptoms at the time or know that he or she is infected. You can help stop the spread of Zika virus to your pregnant partner and developing baby by using condoms every time you have sex throughout the pregnancy. We can’t let our guard down. Now is the time to take action to prevent dengue, chikungunya and Zika by protecting yourself, your partner and her pregnancy, your home, and your community. By working together, we can continue to help protect others from these mosquito-transmitted viruses and protect pregnant women and their developing babies from Zika.
Learn more about how people are stopping Zika
Watch this video to see some of the different ways people can work together to prevent Zika and help protect pregnant women and their developing babies.
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