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How can zika virus disease be prevented?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

The best way to prevent zika virus disease is to prevent any contact with blood from an infected person. That means avoiding mosquito bites and practicing safe sex.

To avoid mosquito bites, you can wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, use insect repellent that contains DEET, and make sure the place you are staying and sleeping has mosquito screens or netting.

Currently there is no licensed vaccine to prevent zika virus disease. For more information regarding zika virus disease, speak with a healthcare professional before you travel.

Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zika virus. Overview. Available at: (accessed 25 October 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.10.0374 - Date of preparation October 2018