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Zika Week of Action 2016

About Zika | Where is Zika Found | Digital Medias | Protecting Yourself and Your Family |
Pregnant Women | Men’s Health | Health Care Providers/Other Health Workers

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On Monday, September 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the White House and the Latino Health Coalition kicked off the Zika Week of Action .

The Zika Week of Action is an opportunity to provide people in Puerto Rico and on the mainland with additional educational bilingual resources. The goal of this week is to reinforce the Zika prevention messages and to continue laying the facts about the Zika virus. Another specific goal is to provide tips on how you can take action to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the Zika virus.

Throughout the week, we will share bilingual fact sheets, blogs, infographics, social media content and other resources that you can share via your social media accounts, email listservs, newsletters, websites, etc. The goal is that these materials and messages reach the community so we can take action and work together to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

So what can you do?

During this week, we are asking you to first get the facts about Zika and what you can do to protect yourself from a mosquito bite.

Second , take the necessary steps to prevent getting Zika such as:

  • by using insect repellent every day,
  • wearing long sleeves and pants,
  • covering your windows with screens,
  • clearing any standing water around your home, and

women who live in or traveled to an area with Zika use condoms during sex or abstain from sex for the remainder of their pregnancy.

Third , have a conversation with your friends and family members about what we can all do to protect ourselves, our families, and communities from getting infected with the Zika virus.

Fourth , there are a number of bilingual resources on Zika for pregnant women, for women of child bearing age that are not pregnant, men, travelers and health care providers, that you can share with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues.

About Zika

The 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
  • 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
Zika virus Health Information Resource Guide

Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It

Where is Zika found?

Zika virus disease in the United States
Countries with confirmed cases of Zika virus 2015-2016
All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission
Zika Projections for the U.S. 2016

Digital Media


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Zika Update – This podcast series is designed to highlight the most important need to know information about Zika virus and its effects.

Zika Prevention: Do Your Part – This podcast series, available in English and Spanish, is a special novella series about Zika prevention and protection against mosquitoes.

Digital Tool Kits

The Zika Virus Digital Press Kit contains videos, photos, spokesperson biographies, releases, MMWR reports, and other relevant information about the Zika virus.

The CDC has developed several toolkits with tailored communication materials for various groups to use when preparing for outreach on local transmission of Zika virus in the U.S. Tool kits have been tailored for the following audiences:

  • Camps
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community, Faith-Based, & Youth Serving Organizations
  • Daycares
  • Elementary – High Schools
  • Healthcare Providers & Management
  • Housing Management & Associations
  • Outdoor workers

You may access the tool kits here:

Digital Resources


  • Zika Widget – Add the Zika Widget to your web site!


  • CDC Director Blog – Thoughts from CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
  • Public Health Matters – A collective blog about the exciting public health work of preventing and controlling infectious diseases that result from the interaction of people, animals, and the environment.
  • NIOSH Science Blog – A scientific look at workplace safety and health issues from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • OMH Blog for Health Equity is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities and sharing the views, stories and ideas that unite us toward a common goal of improving the health of all Americans.

Social Media



Protecting yourself and your family

Guidelines for Travelers Visiting Friends and Family in Areas with Chikungunya, Dengue, or Zika

Controlling Mosquitoes at Home

Build your Own Zika Prevention Kit

What parents need to know about Zika virus

What Head Start and child care programs need to know about Zika

What men need to know to Prevent Sexual Transmission of Zika

Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

Repellent Use and Safety

Insect repellents: Reducing insect bites

Find the insect repellent that is right for you

Using insect repellents safely and effectively

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

Traveling to and from affected areas

U.S. Department of State Recommendations

CDC Travel Recommendations

Plan for Travel

Blog: Take precautions to avoid Zika virus infection during trips abroad

Pregnant Women

CDC Information for Pregnant Woman

March of Dimes information on Zika virus and pregnancy

Fact Sheet about U.S. Pregnant Women Registry

Zika and Pregnancy: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy

Men’s Health

Zika and Sexual Transmission

Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

The Right Way to Use Male Condom

Women & Their Partners Who are Thinking about Pregnancy

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

Promoting Stress Management for Pregnant Women during the Zika Virus Disease Outbreak [PDF|558kb]

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

Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

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