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Zika Virus Health Advisory

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). People can also get Zika through sex with an infected man, and the virus can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. 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. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

For Pregnant Women:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html

Areas with Zika:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html

Zika Travel Information:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

Zika Transmission Infographic:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zika-transmission-infographic.pdf

Mosquito Bite Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/fs_mosquito_bite_prevention_us.pdf

Help Control Mosquitos that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses:
http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/resources/factSheets/Control_Mosquitoes_CHIKV_DENV_ZIKA.pdf

July 2016 Department of Education Letter on Zika


Governor Cuomo Announces Additional State Actions to Combat and Address Zika

6-Step New York State Zika Action Plan:  https://www.ny.gov/programs/6-step-new-york-state-zika-action-plan

NYS Department of Health on Zika:  https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/


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