Health Protection Message
There has been a lot of information on Zika in the news lately. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is closely monitoring the Zika virus and will provide updates as new information becomes available. Here are some ways to keep from getting Zika virus disease.
How to Prevent Zika Virus Infection
Avoid travel to countries with Zika virus disease
- There is no risk of getting Zika in Los Angeles County, California, or the U.S., unless you have had sex with someone who traveled to a country with Zika, and got infected from them.
- Pregnant women should avoid travel to countries with Zika because of the chance of severe birth defects in the baby, if the mother gets infected.
- All people who do travel to countries with Zika should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Avoid mosquitos when traveling to affected countries
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved bug spray. These will contain DEET, Picaridin or IR3535 as ingredients.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or clothing specially treated to avoid mosquito bites.
- Stay indoors when possible and make sure any open windows or doors have screens to keep mosquitos out.
Pregnant women should take extra precaution because of the link to birth defects
- Pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas with Zika and, if they do go, avoid mosquito bites.
- If you are pregnant and traveled to an area with Zika, call your doctor and talk about your travel, even if you aren’t sick.
Zika virus can be sexually-transmitted
- If you are pregnant and your partner traveled to an area with Zika, see your doctor and talk about their travel.
- Men who live or have traveled in a Zika-affected country and whose partner is pregnant are advised to properly use condoms during sexual activity or abstain from sex with the pregnant partner throughout their entire pregnancy.
Public Health is Working for You
Due to the rising concern about Zika virus, Public Health has been quick to respond by:
- Investigating possible cases of Zika virus infection in our communities.
- Updating our website and sharing information and education on Zika virus with LA County residents.
- Reaching out to medical providers and people more likely to travel to countries with Zika