Zika

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Zika is an infection spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby and potentially cause birth defects. There is currently no vaccine for Zika.

How does Zika spread?

  • Through mosquito bites
  • From a pregnant woman to her fetus
  • Through sex
  • Likely through blood transfusion

What are the symptoms of Zika?

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Red eyes
  • Muscle pain

Symptoms are generally mild. Many people infected with Zika will not have symptoms.

How do I prevent Zika?

  • Protect yourself from mosquitoes during waking hours
    • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent        
      • Always follow the instructions
      • Reapply as directed
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing
      • Do not use on babies younger than 2 months old
        • Read instructions carefully
    • Wear clothing covering arms and legs
    • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your house
      • Drain standing water
      • Scrub items which hold water
  • Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika   
    • Women and men considering having a child may be recommended not to have unprotected sex for a number of weeks after being exposed to Zika

 

What do I do if I think I have Zika?

If you have been exposed to mosquitoes in an area with Zika:

  • Contact your doctor
  • Prevent sexual transmission by using condoms (throughout the entire sexual act of any kind) or not having sex (abstaining)
  • Try not to get bitten my mosquitoes if you think you are infected
    • Zika can be passed from an infected human to an uninfected mosquito. That mosquito can then pass on the virus

 

CDC.gov: Zap Zika Video Series

Don't Travel if You're Pregnant

 

Remove Standing Water

 

 

Use a Condom

 

You can find the rest of the videos in the series on the CDC's YouTube page.

 

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