What you can do about Zika

  Zika is a virus that’s spread mostly by mosquitos. Those who get it usually have mild symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes. But recently Zika’s been in the news because it’s causing a condition in newborns in some countries.

We’re following the guidance of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure we’re doing our part to support our members. Here are some ways you can stay informed:

          Try LiveHealth Online Zika health tips

          Check CDC for regular updates

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A closer look at questions about Zika

  Where is Zika virus disease found?
It was detected in Brazil in May 2015 and now is in many other countries and territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico. It was previously in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

  Why is Zika a health concern?
It’s been shown to cause microcephaly (or unusually small heads), a severe birth defect that results from abnormal brain development. The CDC cautions pregnant women who are traveling to areas known to have Zika virus. Also Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis, has also been reported in Zika patients.

  Is there a threat it will come to the U.S.?
There have not been any reports of people getting Zika from mosquito bites in the continental US. There are some people in the US who have tested positive for Zika, but in each of those cases, they had just returned from an area where the virus is found. However, there have been cases in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and American Somoa, where people seem to have gotten it from a mosquito. You can keep up to speed on travel advice, and areas where there seems to be a lot of Zika virus — just go to CDC Travelers' Health site.

  What is the treatment for Zika?
There’s no specific treatment and no vaccine for prevention. But only about 1 in 5 people infected by it become ill. It’s usually mild and resolves on its own within a few days to a week. You can get medical care to treat symptoms.