Zika Virus: What You Need to Know


It’s all over the news, Zika virus.  How many local cases, what the local Government officials are doing to treat it and even going into local theme parks they are taking preventative measures (providing bug spray for visitors). This is what parents need to know about the Zika virus and the symptoms it causes:

  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Joint pain

Parents can take preventative measures if they travel to affected areas:

  1. Use mosquito repellents as  much as possible to avoid mosquito bites throughout the day.
  2. Wear  long pants and long-sleeved shirts, both indoors and outside. The Zika virus-spreading mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters usually found indoors. Your body needs to be protected throughout the day.
  3. Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms, or use a mosquito net.

For more information about the Zika virus click here.

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Zika virus – what parents need to know

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