Zika Virus

The ABZ's of Zika

  • Prevent Zika infection by avoiding mosquito bites and using insect repellent. Find a repellent
  • Eliminate or treat standing water with larvacide. See info
  • There is no vaccine to prevent Zika and no specific treatment.
  • If you plan to travel to a country where Zika is currently circulating, take precautions. Affected countries
  • About 1 person in 5 infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms.
  • Symptoms are generally mild​, last 2 - 7 days​ and include: fever, rash, joint pain and red or pink eyes
  • During the 1st week of infection Zika can be detected in your blood and it is during this time that an Aedes species mosquito can bite you then spread the virus to someone else
  • If you are pregnant or planning a family it is especially important to heed the Zika precautions during this time.
  • The Zika virus is present in semen longer than in blood and can be spread through sexual contact.
  • Once a person is infected. he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.