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Zika Virus

As you make summer plans, safety should be your first priority.

If you are returning from or traveling to a Zika-affected area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking these precautions:

  • Avoid mosquito bites.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin; use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened-in housing.
  • Use a bed net if air conditioning is not available.
  • Treat clothing with permethrin (clothing repellent).
  • Continue precautions for several weeks after return. Even if you do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not spread the Zika virus to uninfected mosquitoes.
  • As of today, there have not been any cases of Zika virus originating in the United States; however, there have been cases among returning travelers from affected countries.

Most people who contract the Zika virus have no symptoms. Zika virus can cause a fairly mild illness with a rash, conjunctivitis, fever and joint pain in those infected. It is almost always spread by mosquitoes but also via semen, blood transmission and maternal-fetal route. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus.

Pregnant women are advised not to travel to Zika-affected areas. Speak with your health-care provider if you plan on becoming pregnant.

For updates from City of New York, please visit www.nyc.gov/health.page.

Please review the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov/zika for up-to-date information on this evolving issue.