Daily Brief: 2017.1.13
Zika related birth defects
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two more babies have been born in the United States with Zika-related birth defects. The total number of infants born with Zika related birth defects now sits at 36.
(Sources: CIDRAP, CDC)
As a reminder, Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. However, the virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Other symptoms may include muscle pain and headaches.
(Sources: CDC, WHO)
So far, Zika cases have been documented across 50 countries. In the United States there have been 4,650 travel related cases and 216 locally acquired cases. In Indiana, there have been 50 cases, all of which were travel related. Florida is still the only state to document locally acquired cases.
- If you are planning on vacationing, please review the CDC’s Zika Travel Notice page.
- If you are planning on traveling to an area that is known for Zika transmission, Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.
- Even if you do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not spread Zika to mosquitoes that could spread the virus to other people.