Zika Virus Information

 

CDC:  What We Know About Zika:

 

  • Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

  • Many people who get infected never have symptoms. In people who get sick, symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) are usually mild and resolve completely.

  • Zika can cause serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage and, in some cases, people have died.

  • Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her partners. Zika can be passed through sex, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time.

  • Because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, people living in or traveling to areas with Zika should take steps to prevent infection.

 

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