Zika is a mosquito-borne viral illness. It spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Many people infected by Zika won’t have any symptoms at all or will have only mild symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, or muscle pain.
The virus is spread through mosquito bites and bodily fluids. Zika virus can also spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and has been linked to a serious birth defect of microcephaly.
There have been reported cases throughout the state of Texas, so certain precautions should be taken to minimize your risk of exposure. The most effective ways to prevent infection is by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside. You should do your best to remain indoors from dusk to dawn. You should also keep all windows and doors closed and remove any standing water. Apply EPA- approved insect repellent, but be sure to find the right repellent for you and your child.
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