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About Zika Information for Travelers Pregnant Women Protecting Babies and Children Health Care Providers/
Other Health Workers
Multilingual Resources

About Zika

Zika virus (Zika) is a disease which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • fever
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other ways the Zika virus can be spread are:

  • From mother to child- A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy.
  • Through sexual contact- Zika virus can be spread by a man infected with Zika to his sexual partner(s).
  • Through blood transfusion (likely but not confirmed.)

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a comprehensive set of webpages that address all aspects of the Zika virus. There are factsheets, infographics and other communication tools that can be used to inform the community about the virus. The website is updated frequently. More information is available on the CDC website.

Zika virus Interactive Infographic
About the Aedes aegypti mosquito

Where is Zika found?

Zika virus disease in the United States
Countries with confirmed cases of Zika virus 2015-2017
All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission

Information for Travelers

Zika Travel-Related Information
Going to Visit Friends or Family in an Area with Zika?
Plan for summer travel
U.S. Department of State Recommendations

Pregnant Women

Build your Own Zika Prevention Kit
CDC Information for Pregnant Woman
Fact Sheet about U.S. Pregnant Women Registry
Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
March of Dimes information on Zika virus and pregnancy
Vital Signs: Zika Virus
Women trying to become pregnant
Zika and Pregnancy: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy
Zika and Sexual Transmission

Protecting Babies and Children

Sesame Street: if the mosquito can't bite you, bye-bye Zika!
Controlling Mosquitoes at Home
What parents need to know about Zika virus
What Head Start and child care programs need to know about Zika
Insect repellents: Reducing insect bites
Find the insect repellent that is right for you
Using insect repellents safely and effectively
Zika services near you

Health Care Providers/Other Health Workers

Information for Cruise Line Employees
Zika Toolkit Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men of Reproductive Age
CDC - Zika for Health care Providers
Fact Sheet for Health care Providers
Zika Virus Module with General Information
Zika Infection and Pregnancy Module
Promoting Stress Management for Pregnant Women
Medicaid Benefits Available for the Prevention, Detection and Response to the Zika Virus

Multilingual Resources

El virus del Zika (Spanish)
Zika e Gravidez (Portuguese)
有关寨卡病毒及其并发症的问答 (Chinese)
Questions-réponses sur la maladie à virus Zika et ses complications (French)
Вирус Зика и потенциальные осложнения: вопросы и ответы (Russian)
Viris Zika (Haitian Creole)