Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, although there have been reports of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in infants of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
Currently, there is no specific treatment or vaccine available; the best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites. And although locally mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has not been reported in Wisconsin—nor has the Aedes species of mosquitoes been found in Wisconsin—there have been several confirmed Zika virus infections in Wisconsin travelers.
Click on the links below to access timely Zika virus disease updates as well as resources for physicians and other health care professionals.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Zika Virus “Home”: includes links to FAQs as well as information about what’s new, affected areas, prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
- For Health Care Providers