What You Need to Know About Zika Virus | Pregnancy and Sexual Transmission

Zika virus, which is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, can be especially serious for pregnant women. A Johns Hopkins Ob/Gyn expert shares insight on the illness, the potential effects on pregnant women and sexual transmission. For answers to other common questions relating to Zika virus, please visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine Zika virus information website:

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1. What are the concerns relating to Zika virus
for pregnant women? 0:10

2. Does Zika virus affect your fetus differently
based on the trimester you are in? 0:49

3. Are pregnant women at risk throughout their entire
pregnancy or only during the first trimester? 1:09

4. Will every pregnant woman who contracts Zika
have a baby born with birth defects? 1:35

5. Can a previous Zika infection cause a woman who
later gets pregnant to have a baby with microcephaly? 1:56

6. Should pregnant women and women actively trying to
become pregnant avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas? 2:18

7. What steps should a pregnant women take after
returning from a Zika-affected area? 2:43

8. If you contract Zika when you are not pregnant, how
long should you wait until trying to conceive 3:14

9. Can Zika virus be transmitted sexually? 3:54

10. If your partner has traveled to a Zika-affected
area, what should you do? 4:15