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What You Need to Know About Zika

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infectedAedesspecies mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant womanto 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.   
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Pregnant Women: How to Protect Yourself

  1. Avoid traveling to areas with Zika
  2. Prevent mosquito bites
  3. Prevent getting Zika through sex
  4. See a doctor if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes within two weeks after traveling to an area where Zika has been reported.

Women & Their Partners

- If you aren't pregnant, but you're thinking about having a baby talk with your doctor about:
  • Your plans for having children
  • The potential risk of getting Zika during pregnancy
  • Your partner's potential exposures to Zika

Resources from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It
Ideas for Talking to your Children about Zika
The Top 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Zika

Oklahoma State Department of Health - For up-to-date information about the presence of Zika in Oklahoma

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Last Modified on Jun 15, 2022