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Understanding the Zika Virus

A lot of our patients may be wondering about the Zika virus, and how much they need to worry about it. The Center for Disease control is our national expertise and resource on this infectious disease.

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html) to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • Zika is not currently being spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. The mosquitoes that can carry Zika are found in some areas of the United States (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/range.html).
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
  • Zika virus can be passed from an infected person to a pregnant female through sexual transmission and there may be evidence that it can be passed by non-sexual exposure to bodily fluids.

Zika has not found its way into the United States through mosquitos. You may have heard of cases of Zika virus in the United States, but in all cases, they were contracted in areas that have the virus, where they were bitten or exposed, and came back here where they were diagnosed and suffered from the disease. If you are pregnant, do not travel to these areas. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and your partner is traveling to one of these areas (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html), you should follow the guidelines below.

If you are concerned about Zika, you can find more information on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or visit one of our providers at Canyon View Medical Group.

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Haley Pledger, PA
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