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Zika virus (Zika) 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, though many people infected with Zika do not have symptoms. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease.

Travelers to affected areas are advised to understand the risks and preventative measures before traveling. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika outbreaks.

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Updates

Regional Zika Epidemiological Update

August 25, 2017

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

Categories: Infectious Diseases News, Zika Preparedness News


Well Said: The Zika Virus

June 22, 2016

Blossom Damania, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and incoming Vice Dean of Research at the UNC School of Medicine, discusses Carolina’s role in Zika research.

Categories: Infectious Diseases News, Zika Preparedness News


World Health Organization Declares Spread of Zika Virus an International Emergency

February 1, 2016

The United Nations health agency made the decision after convening an panel of experts in Geneva amid reports from Brazil linking the virus to microcephaly, a birth defect of the brain in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

Categories: Infectious Diseases News, Zika Preparedness News

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