Zika virus is a rare mosquito borne disease which is expected to spread to the United States this spring. The Zika virus has been reported in travelers returning from other infected countries that can cause mild fever, rash, headache, muscle pain, red eyes or can show no symptoms at all. The Zika virus is affecting at least 25 countries and territories, most of them in Latin American and the Caribbean. The CDC is warning pregnant women to consider postponing travel to these countries at this time.
As we move into warmer months and the temperatures increase, so will the danger of mosquito borne illnesses like Zika virus. The specific type of Aedes mosquito that can carry Zika virus is known as the yellow fever mosquito.
Tips to Prevent the Zika Virus
About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill and currently there is no medicine or a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus. If you develop symptoms associated with the Zika virus, contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away. For the latest information and travel alerts visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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