Zika and Pregnancy: Questions and Answers

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Date of Publication

This web page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Zika Virus and its affect on unborn babies. 

Questions include

  • How does Zika virus affect pregnant women and fetuses?
  • Is there a treatment for Zika?
  • What does PAHO recommend for pregnant women living in areas where Zika virus is circulating?
  • Should pregnant women travel to areas where Zika is circulating?
  • What does PAHO recommend to women of childbearing age with respect to becoming pregnant in areas where Zika virus is circulating?
  • Can mothers transmit Zika virus to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth?
  • How can microcephaly be confirmed in a baby?