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ZIKA VIRUS: SYMPTOMS & PREVENTION

Zika is most commonly spread through bites from infected mosquitoes and can cause fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and birth defects. Learn how to help protect your family from this mosquito-borne disease.

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WHAT IS ZIKA?

A close up of an Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host.

Aedes aegypti

A close up of an Aedes albopictus mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host. You’re able to see her reddening abdomen, due to its contents of ingested blood.

Aedes albopictus

Zika is a virus spread primarily through bites from infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusmosquitoes. Zika can also be transmitted through sex and from a pregnant woman to her fetus. You can help protect yourself and your loved ones by learning more about Zika transmission, symptoms and prevention.

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WHERE IS ZIKA MOST COMMON?

Local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes has been reported in Africa, the Americas, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific.1

ZIKA VIRUS SYMPTOMS

According to the World Health Organization, about 1 in every 5 people infected with Zika virus show symptoms of being ill.1 The good news is that symptoms are usually mild, lasting from several days up to a week.

The most common symptoms of the Zika virus are:

  • Fever

  • Rash

  • Joint Pain

  • Conjunctivitis (Red Eyes)

Other possible Zika virus symptoms include:

  • Muscle Pain

  • Headache

  • Pain Behind the Eyes

  • Vomiting

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60 YEARS OF MOSQUITO RESEARCH…AND COUNTING

TheSC Johnson® Institute of Insect Science for Family Healthis home to 360,000 mosquitoes on any given day, including the two species that transmit Zika. We breed them, research them and invent new ways to help you combat them—all so you can help protect your family from mosquitoes that can transmit diseases like Zika.

ZIKA VIRUS AND PREGNANCY

According to the World Health Organization, women infected with Zika can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause severe fetal brain defects, including microcephaly, which results in babies born with unusually small heads. Zika virus during pregnancy is also associated with other complications, including miscarriage and preterm birth.2

HOW TO HELP AVOID ZIKA3

Since there isn’t a vaccine for the Zika virus, one of the best ways to help protect your loved ones is to reduce your risk of mosquito bites. Follow these tips to help avoid bites and get rid of mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus in and around your home.

  • Use a personal insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET or picaridin. Make sure you follow all instructions on the label and reapply as directed.

  • Wear pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks to limit the amount of skin that is exposed to mosquitoes. You can also wear clothing treated with a permethrin insecticide or personal repellent. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the label because some repellents should not be used to treat rayon, spandex, acetate or other synthetic fabrics.

  • Use screens on windows and doors and be sure to repair any holes in the screens where mosquitoes can enter from outside.

  • Get rid of standing water in and around the home where mosquitoes are known to breed, such as in old tires, buckets, bird baths and trash bins. And be sure to dump collected water at least once a week.

  • Use aninsecticide productinside your home to help kill mosquitoes. Be sure to follow the label and only use as directed.

  • Place a mosquito net over beds, cribs, and strollers to help safeguard yourself and your loved ones while you sleep.

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