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Zika Virus Information and Prevention


What is Zika  

  • Zika is a viral infection that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  In May 2015, Brazil reported the first outbreak of Zika in the Americas. Zika is now present in many tropical areas. 
  • Zika virus can be spread during sex by a Zika infected man to his partner
  • There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease. 

Protect yourself from mosquito bite  

  • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites  
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses 
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. 
  • Use door and window screens to keep mosquitoes out 

Watch for these symptoms after a mosquito bite  

 See your doctor if you develop a fever with: Ÿ 

  • Muscle or joint pain  
  • Headache or pain behind eyes Ÿ 
  •  Rash  
  •  Red eyes 

Prevention around your home  

  • Keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated 
  • Dump anything that holds water twice per week 
  • Keep gutters clean and unclogged
  • Minimize and eliminate standing water: cut weeds, mow lawns and water carefully to prevent standing water

Zika Travel Notices 

Zika Virus in Cape Verde 

Zika Virus in Mexico 

The Caribbean
Currently includes:
 Aruba; Barbados; Bonaire; Cuba; Curaçao;Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory; Saint Barthelme; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands 

Central America
Currently includes:
 Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama 

The Pacific Islands
Currently includes:
 American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga 

South America
Currently includes:
 Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela 



For more information:   

To report standing water issues, please call the Resident Response Center at: (201) 547-4900 

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