Pregnant Women Advised to Consider Postponing Travel to Areas where Zika Virus Transmission is Ongoing

The American College of Ob/Gyn

ACOG Update on Zika Virus

January 16, 2016

ACOG is reviewing this information in consultation with CDC, and other subject matter experts to inform its membership. Check ACOG's Practice Advisories and Immunization for Women websites for updates in the coming days.

CDC has issued an official health advisory and travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This list is being updated frequently and further spread to other countries in the region is likely. Please check the Pan American Health Organization website for an up to date list.

For additional details, visit CDC's health advisory and travel alert pages. This is a rapidly evolving issue and ACOG and SMFM will continue to update members as information becomes available.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

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