Zika virus is currently spreading in many countries and territories. No local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but lab tests have confirmed Zika virus in travelers returning to the United States. These travelers have gotten the virus from mosquito bites and some non-travelers got Zika through sex with a traveler.Although Zika Virus is not currently in Carson City or neighboring areas, it is important that we protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent the spread of other serious illnesses like West Nile.
What is Zika Virus Disease?
Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
Typically, we do not see Aedes species mosquito in Western Nevada. There is minimal chances of Zika being prevalent in this area and/or local transmission of the disease.
Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and has been linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly in babies of mothers who had Zika virus while pregnant. CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women. Pregnant women should consider delaying travel to areas with Zika. 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.
Pregnant? What we know and what we donâ€™t know about Zika – CDC Infographic
Pregnant? What we know and what we donâ€™t know about Zika – CDC Infographic (Spanish)
Doctor’s Visit Checklist – For Women Who Have Traveled to An Area with Zika
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Zika for Healthcare Providers
Feb 23, 2016 – Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
Feb 12, 2016 – Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure
CDC Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure
Press Releases & Technical Bulletins
CDC June 17, 2016 Telebriefing – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Zika Update
CDC April 13, 2016 Press Release – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects
WCHD April 11, 2016 Press Release – Washoe County Reports First Confirmed Zika Case
CCHHS Feb 18, 2016 Technical Bulletin – Zika Virus
Areas with Zika as of May 10, 2016:
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil and on Feb 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas.