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NEW Map:  ESTIMATED range of Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti in the United States, 2016

Aedes mosquito photo source: WHO


 Did you know? 

"About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will get sick.  For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild.  For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected." - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Facts           

  • Zika is transmitted by infected Aedes mosquitoes.
  • Symptoms include mild fever, skin rash and red eyes.  Symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • The best form of prevention is protecting against mosquito bites.
  • There is no specific vaccine or treatment for Zika.

Zika FAQs

 What is the status at UW-Stevens Point?

There is no sign of mosquitoes that could transmit the virus here in Wisconsin.  As of August 10, 2016, 23 people in Wisconsin have confirmed cases of Zika, and all of these people contracted the virus during recent travel to areas which do have mosquitoes that transmit the virus.    (Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

Students

  • If you travel to a Zika-infected area AND develop symptoms, you should call UW-Stevens Point Student Health Service at 715-346-4646 to be seen by a clinician.  Tell them you may have been exposed to the Zika virus.

Faculty and Staff

  • If you travel to a Zika-infected area AND develop symptoms, you should see your health care provider and tell them you may have been exposed to the Zika virus.
 

 Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • a fever
  • joint pain
  • red eyes
  • rash 

Source: WHO Zika virus Factsheet

Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week.

 

 How is Zika transmitted?

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes.

  • Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters but can also bite at night
  • Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the Zika virus

Zika can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.

Source:  How is Zika Transmitted? (CDC)

 Prevention

 The best way to prevent Zika is to protect against mosquito bites.

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents
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  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants (preferably light-colored)
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  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitos outside
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  • Sleep under a mosquito net if you are overseas or outside and unable to protect yourself from mosquito bites
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  • Prevent moquito breeding:  empty, clean, or cover containers that can hold water such as buckets, flower pots or tires
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  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items
CDC Mosquito Bite Prevention (United States)
CDC Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers

 Information for International Travelers

Areas with Zika   

 
CDC Zika Travel Notices

Some international travelers have become sick with Zika after traveling abroad.  If you are travelling to any Zika-affected country follow these guidelines:
 
  • Visit your doctor prior to departure to discuss the threat of Zika virus at your destination.  Students may visit the Student Health Service on campus to discuss upcoming travel plans.  
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  • Use insect repellent containing at least 20% or more DEET. 
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  • Wear long sleeves, pants, socks and hats to cover as much skin as comfortable. 
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  • Prevent mosquitos from coming indoors. 
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  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.  If you get sick while traveling in a Zika-infected area or shortly after returning home, seek medical attention.  Tell your doctor you may have been exposed to the Zika virus.
 

CDC Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites 

VIDEO: What to know before you go 

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Page last updated: August 24, 2016