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Darien Health Director Offers Tips On Zika Virus

Darien health officials are saying that although the Zika virus is receiving a lot of attention, there are no known cases that have been contracted in the United States.
Darien health officials are saying that although the Zika virus is receiving a lot of attention, there are no known cases that have been contracted in the United States. Photo Credit: waer.org

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Zika virus is currently getting a lot of media attention, but Darien Director of Health David Knauf said at this time there are no known cases of the disease that have been contracted in the continental United States.

Zika is a disease that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild, and many people might not realize they have been infected.

Although the virus is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, it can also be spread from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.

See your health care provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes within two weeks after traveling to a country where Zika virus cases have been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled. Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found who has not already been infected with the Zika virus is at risk for infection, including pregnant women.

For more information about the virus, click here.

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