Travel-related Zika information
People traveling or returning from Zika-affected areas should take steps to avoid catching the virus or infecting others.
Women who are pregnant should not travel to areas with risk of Zika.
For more information about pregnancy and travel, see CDC's website.
Women who might become pregnant should talk to their healthcare provider before traveling to Zika-affected areas. CDC recommends people delay pregnancy after travel to Zika-affected areas.
People who have traveled to Zika-infected areas should have protected sex. Find more information from CDC regarding Zika and sexual health.
How can I stay protected?
For more information about protecting against Zika, see the CDC's Zika Prevention site.
Public health role in disease outbreaks
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department works to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County communities. We do this work every day:
- Disease tracking.
- Case follow up.
- Contact follow up.
- Controlling disease.
- Emergency response.
- Guidance for health care providers.
- Public education and information.
What is Zika?Mosquitoes not found in Washington spread the Zika virus. In healthy adults and children, Zika usually causes very mild illness. Some people don't have symptoms at all. But if a pregnant woman catches the virus, Zika can cause severe birth defects. Very rarely, people who contract Zika have more serious illnesses affecting the brain and nervous system (such as Guillain-Barre syndrome).
What are the symptoms of Zika?
Zika virus is usually a very mild illness with mild symptoms lasting several days to a week including:
- Joint pain.
- Red eyes.
Some people don’t have any symptoms.
How does Zika spread?
- Mosquitoes not found in Washington State spread the virus.
- From a mother to her unborn baby.
- Unprotected sex with someone who has Zika.
- Blood Transfusion.
Where is Zika spreading?For a current list of countries and areas with risk of Zika, see the CDC's Areas with Risk of Zika webpage.