Recommendations for pregnant women tend to be stricter and WHO recommends that pregnant women, women who may become pregnant within two months of travel, and male travellers whose partner may become pregnant within three months of travel check with their healthcare providers and carefully consider the risks and possible consequences of Zika infection before traveling to areas where there may be Zika virus transmission. This is necessary because Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her foetus and cause birth defects.
Precautions are also advised for travellers following their return home. These include continued use of insect repellant and, for returning travellers with symptoms of possible Zika, it is advised that they contact their healthcare provider and inform them of their travel history.
WHO said that it will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates.