Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has previously caused outbreaks of mild disease across Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Because of new concern about an association between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly, a congenital brain deformity, a Center for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Alert recommends that pregnant women and those who may become pregnant avoid unnecessary travel to the regions listed or take special precautions. The Department of State’s Office of Medical Services (MED) will offer all pregnant employees and eligible family members under Chief of Mission authority and deployed to any of the countries identified in the CDC Travel Alert the opportunity for early medical evacuation from post.
Below is a growing list of resources from a variety of sources. Check back often for updates as more information becomes available.
If You're Posted Overseas
MED advises all concerned employees and eligible family members currently serving in, or anticipating traveling to the affected areas consult with their Health Unit providers at post.
If You're on a Domestic Assignment
Employeees and family members on domestic assignments should contact the MED Travel Health and Immunization Clinic in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Department of State Office of Medical Services Resources
- U.S. Department of State Notice - October 3, 2016: Zika in South East Asia
- U.S. Department of State Notice - April 1, 2016: Updated Guidance and New Information for Employees and Family Members
- U.S. Department of State Notice - January 16, 2016
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What You Need to Know: The Threat from Mosquito-born Viral Diseases: Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika Viruses
The CDC’s Zika Virus webpage includes information on:
- Areas with Zika
- Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit (in English, Spanish, Samoan, and Marshallese)
- Communication Toolkits (includes kits designed specifically for children and schools)
- Draft Interim Zika Response Plan
- Fact Sheets, FAQs, Resources, and Publications
- Guidelines for Travelers Visiting Friends in Areas with Zika
- Guidelines for U.S. Citizens and Residents Living with Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission
- For Men: A Positive Zika Virus Test
- For Parents: A Positive Test Result for your Children
- Pregnant and Living in an Area with Zika
- Protecting Children in Areas with Zika
- Protect Your Pregnancy
- Protect Your Family and Community: How Zika Spreads
- Zika and Sex: Information for Men with Pregnant Partners Living in Areas with Zika
- Zika: What We Know
- Zika and Sexual Transmission
- Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of the Zika Virus - Updated July 2016
- Symptoms Diagnosis and Treatment
- Zika and Pregnant Women