Zika Virus Information

Risk

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus is found and has not already been infected with Zika virus can get it from mosquito bites. The most current list of the areas endemic with Zika can be found on the CDC website.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html

Transmission

• Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes soecies mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus) mosquito. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.

• Zika virus can be spread by a man to his sex partners.

• A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy. Zika is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. To date, there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding

Prevention

Enjoy the outdoors, but remember to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from mosquito-borne diseases, your best defense against being bitten is simply to be prepared by taking the following precautions:

• When outdoors, prevent mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains one of the following: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow product instructions

• When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks. For infants, place mosquito netting over infant carriers, cribs, and strollers

• Don’t feed the storm drain. Sweep lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs from sidewalks and driveways

• Once a week, empty, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if possible

If you plan to visit an area with Zika or are returning to the United States from an area with Zika, you should take additional steps to prevent mosquito bites and Zika transmission. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention for additional traveler’s information.

For more information and updates on Zika Virus visit the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District (www.wacomclennanphd.org ), DSHS (www.TexasZika.org ) or CDC website www.cdc.gov/zika