Zika Virus Information

3/1/16: Zika Update

The topic of Zika virus has become one of the most frequently searched topics on the internet because of recent news stories. While the Zika virus is generally not life threatening and most cases go undiagnosed, it does present some risks to pregnant women and their unborn babies. What does this mean for you?

What We Know
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It can also be spread by a mosquito biting an infected person, then biting other people. 

About one in five people infected with Zika virus become ill. Many people don’t even realize they have the virus. Once a person has been infected, he/she is likely to be protected from future infections.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

While there is no vaccine to prevent Zika and no specific medication for treatment, your physician will treat the symptoms. This will include getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, and taking acetaminophen to relieve pain and fever.

If you have been diagnosed with Zika, it is important to prevent mosquito bites during the first week of your illness. The virus can be passed from an infected person to a mosquito, then from the mosquito to other people.

Affected Areas
The CDC reports that the Zika virus has been confirmed within the last several months in many areas of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Pacific Islands, and South America. If you have recently traveled to an area with reports of the Zika virus or have plans to travel in the near future, consult with your healthcare provider. Note: there are cases in the United States that are travel-related, not mosquito-borne. 

One way to prevent the spread of the Zika virus is not traveling to affected areas. If you must travel, it’s important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites: 

  • Using insect repellent containing active ingredients that have been registered with the EPA, such as those containing DEET (at least 20%) or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Selecting a repellant with long lasting protection and always follow directions for application
  • Covering exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats
  • Staying indoors as much as possible
  • Sleeping in a screened or air-conditioned room

We’re realistic that it’s almost Spring and everyone is ready for outdoor time and fresh air. We encourage you to be diligent about protecting yourself and your family, even if you’re just spending time in your own backyard, to help prevent the spread of this unpleasant virus. 

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