There are growing nationwide concerns about Zika Virus and how it can potentially affect the health of our communities. It is important for each of us to educate ourselves about Zika Virus and take steps to prevent mosquitoes from biting us and our loved ones.
Zika Virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be spread by:
Infected mosquito to a healthy person
Infected person to a non-infected mosquito
Infected pregnant woman to her unborn child
Infected male to healthy partner through sexual contact (oral, rectal, vaginal)
The common symptoms of Zika Virus are a fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The virus is also linked to Microcephaly and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
However, 80% of those infected with Zika will not show symptoms but can still transmit the virus.