Zika virus: what to know

According to the CDC, Zika has not yet been spread by mosquitoes in the U.S., but cases have been reported here. These occurred in people who recently traveled to one of the known Zika areas.

Infograph of the zika virus.


At this time, there is no vaccine for Zika.

•  Rest

•  Drink water

•  Take medications for pain and fever

•  Call your doctor



•  Use an insect repellent regularly on yourself and your children. Use one registered with the EPA.

•  Wear light-colored clothes that cover as much of your body as possible.

•  Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are sleeping outside or not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

•  Get rid of standing water. This is where mosquitoes breed. Cover rain barrels and other containers that store water.

•  Protect windows and doors with screens or mosquito nets. Use air conditioning, if possible.

•  If you’ve recently been to a known Zika area, are pregnant or are having symptoms of Zika, call your doctor.


Sources: World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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