The Zika Virus ... What you Need to Know

The Zika Virus

Article taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016. Web. 07 Oct. 2016. 

Important Information

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
  • Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States. Learn more.  

How to Stay Safe: 

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellent. It works!
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
  • Remove standing water around your home. 

If you are pregnant: 

  1. Do not travel to areas where the Zika Virus has been reported. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.   

  2. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

  3. Couples with a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika should take steps to protect during sex.