By: Christopher Hsu, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP
Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika, and there is no treatment, except supportive treatment of symptoms. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites: wear insect repellent and clothing that covers most of the skin, stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens, and sleep under a bed net if air conditioning or screened rooms aren’t available. It is also recommended that pregnant women not travel to areas with Zika, and if a partner has been in an area with Zika, use condoms during sex and avoid having sex during pregnancy. People who think they might have Zika should talk to their doctor.