What should I know about the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos called Aedes aegypti. You should know that these mosquitoes are the main type of mosquito that spreads Zika, dengue, chikungunya and other viruses.

They are attracted to scents, including perfume. They typically live near and prefer to feed on people, so they are more likely to spread these viruses than other types of mosquitoes.
If you are a woman of childbearing age and are trying to get pregnant or are not on birth control, you should avoid traveling to areas where Zika is active.

If you are in an area where the Zika virus is regularly seen (endemic), you should take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Some are:
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants.
  • Use mosquito repellent.
Zika can spread by having sex. You should also practice safe sex by using a condom.
Kelli L. Culpepper, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Zika virus is rare in the U.S., but pregnant women face more risks to their baby's health. In this video, OB/GYN Kelli Culpepper, MD, of Medical City Dallas Hospital, explains what you need to know about this viral infection.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.

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