FAST FACTS ABOUT ZIKA VIRUS
Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html).
Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. Also, Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to partners. Zika Symptoms Many people infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:FeverRashJoint PainConjunctivitis (red eyes)HeadacheMuscle PainSymptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually do not get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.
The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html).
- Use EPA-registered insect repellent. It works!
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
- Remove standing water around your home.
Zika is linked to birth defects.
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly(http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/microcephaly.html) that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth.
Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html).
If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.
During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.If you have any further questions, please contact the School Nurse or your Doctor.