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About Zika

Zika virus (Zika) is a disease which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • fever
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other ways the Zika virus can be spread are:

  • From mother to child- A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy.
  • Through sexual contact- Zika virus can be spread by a man infected with Zika to his sexual partner(s).
  • Through blood transfusion (likely but not confirmed.)

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a comprehensive set of webpages that address all aspects of the Zika virus. There are factsheets, infographics and other communication tools that can be used to inform the community about the virus. The website is updated frequently. More information is available on the CDC website.

National Institutes of Health Zika Page
Zika virus Interactive Infographic
About the Aedes aegypti mosquito
Zika virus Health Information Resource Guide

Where is Zika found?

Zika virus disease in the United States
Countries with confirmed cases of Zika virus 2015-2016
All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission
Zika Projections for the U.S. 2016

Protecting yourself and your family

Sesame Street: if the mosquito can't bite you, bye-bye Zika!
Guidelines for Travelers Visiting Friends and Family in Areas with Chikungunya, Dengue, or Zika
Controlling Mosquitoes at Home
Build your Own Zika Prevention Kit
What parents need to know about Zika virus
What Head Start and child care programs need to know about Zika
What men need to know to Prevent Sexual Transmission of Zika
Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

Repellent Use and Safety

Insect repellents: Reducing insect bites
Find the insect repellent that is right for you
Using insect repellents safely and effectively

Traveling to and from affected areas

U.S. Department of State Recommendations
CDC Travel Recommendations

Pregnant Women

CDC Information for Pregnant Woman
March of Dimes information on Zika virus and pregnancy
Fact Sheet about U.S. Pregnant Women Registry
Zika and Pregnancy: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy

Men’s Health

Zika and Sexual Transmission
Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
The Right Way to Use Male Condom

Health Care Providers/Other Health Workers

Information for Cruise Line Employees
Zika Toolkit Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men of Reproductive Age
Promoting Stress Management for Pregnant Women during the Zika Virus Disease Outbreak [PDF|558kb]
CDC - Zika for Health care Providers
Fact Sheet for Health care Providers
Zika Virus Module with General Information
Zika Infection and Pregnancy Module
Promoting Stress Management for Pregnant Women

Resources in Your State/Territory

Arizona Department of Health Services
California Department of Health
Colorado Department of Health
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Delaware Health and Social Services
Florida Department of Health
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Illinois Department of Public Health
Indiana State Department of Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Kentucky Department of Health
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
New Jersey Department of Health
New Mexico Department of Health
New York Department of Health
    New York City Department of Health

North Carolina Health and Human Services
North Dakota Department of Health
Ohio Department of Health
Oregon Department of Health
Puerto Rico Department of Health (español)

Rhode Island Department of Health
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Tennessee Department of Health
Texas Department of Health
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health
Utah Department of Health
Vermont Department of Health
Virginia Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Multilingual Resources

El virus del Zika (Spanish)
Zika e Gravidez (Portuguese)
有关寨卡病毒及其并发症的问答 (Chinese)
Questions-réponses sur la maladie à virus Zika et ses complications (French)
Вирус Зика и потенциальные осложнения: вопросы и ответы (Russian)
Viris Zika (Haitian Creole)