Zika Virus

The Zika Virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. So far there are over 100 confirmed cases of travel-associated Zika virus being contracted by travelers returning to the US.

The Most Common Symptoms of a Zika Virus infection include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitus (red eye). While the symptoms from this virus are mild, they can last over a week. Unfortunately, many people will show no symptoms at all and this can be a real danger to pregnant women and their babies. The Zika Virus is linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which causes small heads and brain damage to the child.

Status and Prevention

The World Health Organization has declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas. Here is a list of prevention tips featured on the CDC website