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El Paso County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are alerting the public of the potential to contract Zika virus while traveling abroad. We are closely monitoring the situation, and providing updates to health care providers and the public.
Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. The common symptoms are: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Illness lasts several days to a week.
Pregnant women traveling to affected countries are most at risk.
Zika Virus & Pregnancy
As of April 13, 2016, the CDC has concluded that Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects.
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Until more is known, CDC is recommending when traveling to countries where Zika virus has been reported, travelers should take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
- CDC Zika Virus Prevention Information
- Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers
- Mosquito Bite Prevention in the U.S.