Skip Navigation LinksZikaPrevention

Zika PRevention

Mosquito Bite Prevention


During a trip to an area where Zika  is spreading:

Use insect repellent. Remember to apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.

                • Wear long sleeves and long pants, when possible.
                • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.
                • Use a bed net, as needed.
                • Use condoms if you have sex.

 

When you return:

  • Continue using insect repellent for 3 weeks to prevent spreading Zika back home.

 

Zika + Sex: Spread the Word, NOT the Virus

The Basics

  • Zika virus can spread during sex by an infected person to female or male partners.
  • Not having sex is the only way to be sure that you do not get sexually transmitted Zika.

Recently Traveled?

  • If you or your partner recently traveled to or lived in an area with Zika, either do not have sex, or use condoms during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
    • Men: For at least 6 months after travel.
    • Women: For at least 8 weeks after travel.
    • For the duration of the pregnancy, if you or your partner are pregnant.
  • In addition to condoms, use an effective method of birth control to prevent pregnancy.  ​​
  • If you or your partner recently traveled to or lived in an area with Zika, either do not have sex, or use condoms during vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika

Published: March 20,  2017

CDC Considers Travel to Mexico, Latin America a Potential Risk for Infection

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises spring break travelers vacationing in warmer climates to protect themselves from mosquito bites and avoid unprotected sex in areas with known transmission of the Zika virus. 

“Spring break is the perfect time to have fun in the sun, but it is important that people take precautions to prevent Zika,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Unfortunately, the mosquitoes that spread Zika enjoy warm weather too.” ​

Page Last Updated :