Travel and Zika

Protect yourself. Know Zika Virus

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus is active can get it from mosquito bites. When traveling, the best way to avoid infection with Zika is to avoid mosquito bites.

To prevent the spread of Zika virus in NYS, travelers returning from an area with Zika should continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks.

Zika is a serious concern for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. Pregnant women should not travel to Zika-affected areas. Women who intend to become pregnant in the near future should discuss travel plans with their provider.

To avoid Zika infection, travelers should:

Avoid mosquito bites:

  • Cover up!
    Wear long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • If you are traveling with a baby or child:
    Do not use bug spray on babies younger than 2 months of age. Dress children in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your hotel room or lodging.
    Look for air conditioning, or screens on windows and doors.

Additional info:

Frequently Asked Questions

About Mosquito Dunks ® (larvicide)

Statewide Mosquito-borne Disease Activity Report