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It’s almost summertime and many of us are ready to enjoy vacations with family and friends. Fear of contracting the Zika virus leaves many of us wondering if we should put our plans on hold. The questions we have concerning Zika virus include:

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include rash, fever, conjunctivitis and joint pain. Symptoms which are usually mild may last a few days to as long as a week.  Zika virus if contracted by a pregnant woman can cause microcephaly in the fetus and other neurological injuries.

Where is the Zika virus?

The CDC has determined that the virus has been contracted in Africa, Southeast Asia, Brazil and the Pacific Islands. The CDC adds countries to the list of affected populations as the virus spreads. from an infected

How Else is Zika Virus Spread?

Zika virus is spread by a male infected with the Zika virus to his sex partners.

How to prevent Zika virus

  • Avoid mosquito bites
  • Be aware Zika virus is spread during the daytime hours mostly.
  • Males infected with Zika virus should use condoms to prevent transmission to sexual partners.
  • Use air conditioning, screens in doors and windows, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Use EPA registered mosquito repellents with DEET, picardin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. Use EPA registered repellents that are safe for pregnant and breast feeding women. They should not be used on infants less than 2 months old. Products containing oil of eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol should not be used on children less than 3 years old.

Content Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

Have a Safe Summer!

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