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    For our patients: Helpful information about Zika

    You may have seen recent news coverage of the Zika virus, which spreads to people through mosquito bites and in some cases through sexual contact. While the virus poses little risk to most individuals, if you are pregnant, the virus may put your unborn child at risk.

    Our top priority is your health and the well-being of your family. Knowledge of any link between Zika and the health of unborn children continues to evolve but until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant.

    Zika virus and pregnancy

    If you’re pregnant:

    • Tell your Sutter Health doctor if you or your spouse/partner have traveled to Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Cape Verde or Oceania/Pacific Islands at any time during your pregnancy.
    If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant:
    • Out of an abundance of caution, travel to affected areas is not recommended at this time.
    • If you or your spouse/partner will travel to any of the affected areas, we encourage travelers to follow mosquito bite prevention tips. You can find more helpful information from the CDC.

    What to know about Zika virus

    • Zika virus is not spread through the air.
    • Most of the time Zika infection does not cause any symptoms. When it does, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.
    We’re closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and any emerging guidelines from federal, state and local agencies, including the World Health Organization, CDC and California Department of Public Health.

    Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients and communities. If you have questions, please call your doctor’s office or review information on the Zika virus available from the CDC.