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Zika is an infection spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby and potentially cause birth defects. There is currently no vaccine for Zika.

How does Zika spread?

  • Through mosquito bites
  • From a pregnant woman to her fetus
  • Through sex
  • Likely through blood transfusion

What are the symptoms of Zika?

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Red eyes
  • Muscle pain

Symptoms are generally mild. Many people infected with Zika will not have symptoms.

How do I prevent Zika?

  • Protect yourself from mosquitoes during waking hours
    • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent        
      • Always follow the instructions
      • Reapply as directed
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing
      • Do not use on babies younger than 2 months old
        • Read instructions carefully
    • Wear clothing covering arms and legs
    • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your house
      • Drain standing water
      • Scrub items which hold water
  • Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika   
    • Women and men considering having a child may be recommended not to have unprotected sex for a number of weeks after being exposed to Zika


What do I do if I think I have Zika?

If you have been exposed to mosquitoes in an area with Zika:

  • Contact your doctor
  • Prevent sexual transmission by using condoms (throughout the entire sexual act of any kind) or not having sex (abstaining)
  • Try not to get bitten my mosquitoes if you think you are infected
    • Zika can be passed from an infected human to an uninfected mosquito. That mosquito can then pass on the virus Zap Zika Video Series

Don't Travel if You're Pregnant


Remove Standing Water



Use a Condom


You can find the rest of the videos in the series on the CDC's YouTube page.


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Phone: 806-378-6300 

Fax: 806-378-6306

24 Hour Emergency Number: 806-680-8980