Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive biters and prefer to live around people inside or outside their homes. Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually, and from an infected mother to her fetus. Symptoms of Zika virus include fever, joint pain, rash, and pink eye. Many people feel no symptoms at all. Zika virus can be spread before symptoms begin, during symptoms and after symptoms subside. Zika virus can also be found in other body fluids such as blood, saliva and urine.
Prevention measures include:
Avoid travel to Zika affected areas. If you are traveling to these areas, use insect repellent and long sleeved clothing
Eliminate standing water from places where water collects such as potted plants, old tires, ornamental water fountains, bromeliads, and even from sources as small as a discarded candy wrapper
For daily protection, use insect repellent when outdoors
Seal septic tanks to prevent mosquito breeding
Seal rain barrels or water collection containers to prevent mosquito breeding
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