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Maternal and Child Health Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721
A pregnant woman infected with Zika can pass the Zika virus to her baby, which may cause birth defects including microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
Mosquito bites are the most common transmission type. Make sure you take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Zika can be passed through sex from a person with Zika to his or her partners, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time. Condoms (both male and female) can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex. To be effective, condoms should be used from start to finish during vaginal, anal and oral sex. Not engaging in these activities also eliminates the risk of sexually transmitted Zika.
If you are concerned you may have Zika, see your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, all county health departments are offering free Zika risk assessments. If a Zika test is appropriate, per CDC guidelines, the county health department will help connect you with a lab for testing. Florida Medicaid and private insurance plans are covering Zika testing and the Department of Health will continue to provide free testing for uninsured pregnant women (who meet the CDC testing criteria).
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