Zika virus

WHAT IS IT

Zika virus is an illness spread primarily by mosquitos and occasionally by intercourse.

Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The
most common symptoms are fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain.

Symptoms can last for several days to a week.

In pregnant women Zika can cause miscarriages, still births and brain defects in their children.

WHERE IS IT

Zika virus is found now in Southern USA, central and south America , the Caribbean,
Africa, Asia and the south Pacific

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT

There is no vaccine or medication for Zika virus.

Exercise good protection from mosquito bites. Click here for more information.

If you are a pregnant woman avoid travel to areas with Zika virus

Women should avoid becoming pregnant for two months after they visit an area with
Zika virus.

Men should avoid trying to father a child for 6 months after they visit an area with Zika
virus.

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