Zika Virus: What to Know

TEGA CAY, S.C. — Health officials have confirmed ten more cases of local Zika transmission in Florida.

Here’s what you need to know about Zika:

Symptoms:
Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other symptoms include muscle pain and headaches

How Zika spreads:
Zika can be transmitted through mosquito bites, from a pregnant woman to her fetus, sex, and possibly blood transfusion.

How to prevent Zika:
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Be sure to use mosquito repellent when outdoors or wearing long sleeve shirts and pants.

Why Zika is risky:
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth, such as defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth. There have also been increased reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, in areas affected by Zika.

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