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Friday, January 22, 2016

ZIKA

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. A confirmed case of sexual transmission has also been reported. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus ultimately become ill. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. 

To learn more about Zika in Texas go to: http://www.texaszika.org/

Here are the current reccomendations:

New recommendations for pregnant women, and men with pregnant sex partners who live in or have traveled to Zika-affected areas:

  • Pregnant women and their male sex partners should discuss the male partner’s potential exposures and history of Zika-like illness with the pregnant woman’s health care provider (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/). Providers should consult CDC’s guidelines for evaluation and testing of pregnant women.
  • Men with a pregnant sex partner who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission and their pregnant sex partners should consistently and correctly use condoms during sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) or abstain from sexual activity for the duration of the pregnancy. Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of sexual transmission of many infections, including those caused by other viruses.

New recommendations for non-pregnant women, and men with non-pregnant sexual partners who live in or have traveled to Zika-affected areas:

  • Couples in which a man resides in or has traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who are concerned about sexual transmission of Zika virus may consider using condoms consistently and correctly during sex or abstaining from sexual activity.  
  • Couples may consider several factors when making this complex and personal decision to abstain or use condoms:
    • Zika virus illness is usually mild. An estimated 4 out of 5 people infected never have symptoms; when symptoms occur they may last from several days to one week.
    • The risk of Zika infection depends on how long and how much a person has been exposed to infected mosquitoes, and the steps taken to prevent mosquito bites while in an affected area.
  • The science is not clear on how long the risk should be avoided. Research is now underway to answer this question as soon as possible. If you are trying to get pregnant, you may consider testing in discussion with your health care provider.

The CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

For more precautions, prevention, transmission and general information about Zika, go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ 

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