What is Zika?

Zika is a virus first transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos, of which only Aedes aegypti are common and present throughout most of Arizona. In most people, Zika is a relatively harmless virus, and getting Zika can feel like getting a cold. For pregnant women though, Zika poses a serious risk to her developing fetus, and infection can result in microcephaly and other severe brain abnormalities, defects of the eye, and loss of pregnancy. Information on Zika changes daily.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye.


How can I prevent Zika?

  • Use bug spray containing DEET
  • Make sure clothes cover and protect the skin
  • Remove standing water from inside and outside the home
  • Use air conditioning and screens on doors and windows
  • Use mosquito netting and bed nets
  • Avoid traveling to areas with a known Zika presence

What should I do?

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