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aegyptirotatorZika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. If you are planning to travel to areas where Zika Virus is active in ongoing transmission you are advised to obtain and use insect repellants that contain DEET. Women, in particular those who already are pregnant or may become pregnant during or immediately after travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission, are advised to obtain and use insect repellants that contain DEET during the duration of their time abroad or are advised to reconsider travel to these areas. 

For more information go to our Zika Virus page.

Zika Virus and Standing water. Tips to remove mosquito breeding sources from around your home.

Breeding source and self protection tips to reduce mosquito activity around your home.

Examples of mosquito breeding sources. Eliminate these altogether or treat with a mosquito larvacide. Any source of water that can hold water for more than 7 days can breed mosquitoes.

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