Should I still worry about Zika?

Well, we know that the Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week (and many people don’t even have symptoms), the Zika virus during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects. In 2016, the virus was running rampant throughout major parts of the world, but what’s happened since?

According to this handy map from the CDC, the Zika virus isn’t currently ravaging parts of the world like it once was. However, you should still consult your medical provider before traveling to other areas with past spread of Zika (as indicated by purple areas on Zika map). As a pregnant woman, always discuss your travel plans with a doctor and check back with in governmental agencies like the CDC that have the most up-to-date information.