The Zika Virus is gaining worldwide attention as it spreads through Central and South America. The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites causing an illness that is usually mild and can last from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. There is a possibility of microcephaly when a pregnant woman is exposed to the virus, however, since this is an emerging disease research is still ongoing. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. Travelers to the affected areas are advised to understand the risks and preventative measures before traveling. UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Environment, Health and Safety will continue to update this site with news and resources as they become available.

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