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Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can be passed through sex from a person with Zika to his or her partners. Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex. Most people with Zika do not know they have it. Symptoms are usually mild, lasting about a week.
Common Symptoms: Fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other symptoms include headache and muscle pain. If you develop symptoms within 2 weeks of travel, see a doctor and tell the doctor where you traveled. For more information about Zika visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
Click here for a printable factsheet about Zika in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
On January 15, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert for people traveling to regions where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. For an up-to-date list of travel notice countries view our tab below or visit CDC Travel .
Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing including Wynwood, Florida.
The City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) and the New Orleans Health Department are working with partners to provide you with information about the Zika virus as well as monitoring the mosquito populations. Click here to read the City's Zika Plan.
For more information on mosquitoes visit New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board .
Late summer is the most common time of year for mosquito activity but they can breed and bite during all warm weather months.
For more information view our factsheet.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides guidance to healthcare providers with frequent updates on proper procedures for managing Zika cases. Click here to see the CDC's full listing of Zika guidance for healthcare providers.
Preliminary diagnosis is based on the patients clinical features, places and dates of travel and activities. Acute Zika virus disease should be suspected if the patient:
There are no commercially available diagnostic tests for Zika disease.
As an arboviral disease, Zika virus is a nationally notifiable condition. Healthcare providers are encouraged to report suspected cases to DHH to facilitate diagnosis and migate the risk of local transmission.
All pregnant women in the U.S. should be tested for Zika during every prenatal visit.
Women who have traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission during pregnancy and reported two or more symptoms within two weeks of travel should be evaluated for Zika virus infection and tested in accordance with CDC Interim Guidance .
Treatment involves supportive care; Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflamatory durgs (NSAIDs) should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce risk of hemmorhage.
Report any suspected cases to Louisiana Department of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section at: Main line: (504)568-8313 After Hours: (800)256-2748
If you are planning a trip to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, you should protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine to prevent you from becoming infected.
If you are pregnant, you should consider postponing travel to the areas with ongoing transmission. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about travel plans.
Zika can be sexually transmitted so it is important to always use condoms. Wearing bugspray for two weeks after you return will help prevent the spread of Zika.
If you have recently returned from an area with ongoing virus transmission:
Even without symptoms, females should avoid sex or use condoms for 8 weeks, and males should avoid sex or use condoms for 6 months. Returning travelers should wait this long before attempting to conceive.
Pregnant women: Visit your doctor for follow up. Even if you do not have symptoms you can be screened for Zika virus infection. All pregnant women in the U.S. should be tested for Zika during every prenatal visit.
View our factsheets below for more information:
Last updated: 10/5/2016 11:57:19 AM