If you’re pregnant and have become infected with the Zika virus, you’ll find excellent care from experts at University Health's Women's & Children's Hospital.
What Is Zika Virus?
Zika is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. You can also get Zika by having sex without a condom with someone infected by Zika.
There is no vaccination to prevent Zika and no specific medication to cure it.
Travel Guidelines for Pregnant Women
If you are pregnant, you and your partner should not travel to places affected by Zika.
If you are pregnant and get the virus, you can pass it to your unborn baby. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other disabilities. Microcephaly prevents your baby’s brain and head from growing correctly.
Depending on the severity of the microcephaly, it can cause developmental issues and other serious problems, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disease.
Zika Virus Care
Turn to us for care if you and your unborn child are exposed to Zika. Your care may include:
- Testing and diagnosis
- Relieving symptoms of the virus
- Monitoring your pregnancy
Zika Center Care Team
Feel confident you and your baby will receive the most focused Zika care in our region at the Women's & Children's Hospital. During care, you may work with one or more of our Zika Center care team members:
- Pediatric infectious disease specialists
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
- Pediatric neurologists
- Behavioral health professionals
Zika Research and Education
Rely on the Zika Center care team for education and research about the Zika virus.