Zika Virus Information

Zika Virus Information

Zika virus disease is caused by Zika virus and spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.

According to staff of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, this mosquito species is not present in Connecticut and a closely related species Ae. albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, and related species are not likely to spread the disease in Connecticut.

The Ae. aegypti, also common known as the Yellow fever mosquito, is found throughout tropical regions of the world and are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Mosquitoes become infected with the Zika virus when they bite a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

Symptoms include: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week; deaths are rare. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus infection; however there is medication to treat some of the symptoms. Contact your health care provider if you develop symptoms after returning from areas where Zika virus has been identified. Zika virus can spread from a pregnant women to her fetus, which can cause birth defects. Because of this, pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. Zika virus can also be spread from men to women by sexual contact.
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