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Health Topics - Zika Virus Update for families regarding the Zika Virus
Posted 9/1/18

What is Zika Virus? Zika is a virus that is thought to spread to people through mosquito bites. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to one week. About 1 in 5 people with Zika virus infection develop symptoms. People usually do not become sick enough to go to the hospital, and the virus is rarely fatal.


Zika has been found in Brazil, Mexico, several countries in Central and South America and several islands in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico, and some cases were recently found in the United States. As of February 2016, there had been 52 travel associated Zika virus disease cases reported. No locally acquired cases reported.


If you are traveling to the noted countries listed above please take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.


Zika virus does not spread from casual contact with others.

Symptoms include:

  • fever (higher that 101.5 F)
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • conjunctivitis(red eyes)
  • muscle pain
  • headache

There is currently no vaccine to protect, or specific medicine to treat, Zika infections.


Treatment of the symptoms of Zika:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medication such as acetaminophen(Tylenol) to relieve fever and pain
  • Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Persons, who are concerned about their symptoms, should contact their health care provider. If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.