Zika Virus

Zika virus infection may have health risks, especially for pregnant women and their babies. People primarily become infected after being bitten by a mosquito that has the Zika virus. It is also possible to become infected through sex or blood exposure with someone who has Zika virus infection.

To prevent getting infected, people who travel to Zika-affected countries should protect themselves from mosquitoes. Pregnant women and women considering pregnancy should avoid traveling to countries with Zika virus. Men who travel to Zika-affected countries and who have a pregnant sexual partner should not have sex or should use condoms during sex for the duration of the pregnancy. Read more about protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

Washington County Public Health is working with health care providers locally and partnering with Zika mosquitoOregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide you with updated information. If you have questions and for lists of affected countries, please visit the websites listed below. If you have health concerns, please contact your health care provider.

Oregon Health Authority


CDC: About Sexual Transmission

Pan American Health Organization

Information for Pregnant Women