What you need to know about Zika

Zika virus is spread by the bite of a certain kind of infected mosquito. This type of mosquito is not known to be in Ohio. Infected people can spread the virus to sex partners too. Most people infected with Zika virus do not have symptoms. Symptoms are usually mild and consist of fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes.

Pregnant women are at the greatest risk because Zika virus can be passed to their unborn baby. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects and other problems in babies. Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should not travel to areas with Zika. All pregnant women should be asked by their healthcare provider about any chance of Zika exposure. This can be from traveling to areas with Zika or having unprotected sex with a partner who lived in or traveled to an area with Zika.

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika or any medicine to treat it. The best way to avoid Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. Be sure to use bug spray as directed and wear long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are active. Also empty containers outside your home that trap standing water such as flower pots, buckets, barrels, and bird baths. 

In Ohio, there have been 51 cases acquired from travel to areas with Zika and 1 case of that was sexually transmitted. There are no cases of Zika spread by mosquitos in Ohio. For the most up-to-date Zika information and how to prevent Zika transmission to pregnant women or women who wish to become pregnant, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Zika Virus.

Release Date: November 16, 2016

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