Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of mosquitoes. Prior 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.
In May 2015, the Pan-American Health Organization issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
In 2016, the World Health Organization issued a Public Health Emergency regarding the virus.
Outbreaks have occurred in South America and Mexico as well as several nations in the Caribbean. Local transmission of Zika virus infection has occurred in Florida and Texas, as well as American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In addition, there are cases of infection in the United States that are sexually transmitted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel advisories that can be accessed here CDC Zika Travel Information As more people travel to countries impacted by Zika virus, it is likely that there will be more reported cases in the United States, including Nevada.
The Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance program updated its methods to include surveillance for the mosquito species that carries Zika virus. On May 31, 2017, the Vector Surveillance Program identified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Southern Nevada. Extended surveillance continues and to date, the mosquitoes have not tested positive for Zika virus.
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For Additional Information
La información sobre el virus Zika en español está disponible en la página de internet del: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s Zika site:
Zika and Pregnancy: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html
Zika Transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/transmission-methods.html
Zika Symptoms/Diagnosis/Treatment: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html
Zika Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html
Areas with Zika: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
Health Care Providers: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/index.html
Updated on: January 23, 2020