Zika Health Advisory

The following information is guidance regarding the Zika virus.

Zika virus is a mosquito borne virus. Other mosquito borne viral infections include Chikungunya and Dengue. Zika is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, or sexual transmission.

About one in five people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms including sudden onset of fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is rare. No specific antiviral treatment is available and treatment includes rest, fluids, and as needed Tylenol.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a travel alert to regions with ongoing Zika virus transmission, including areas in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands.

If you have questions or a health concern, please call Health and Counseling Services at 718.399.4542 to schedule an appointment to speak to a health care provider.

Recommendations:

  • Anyone planning travel to areas where Zika virus is reported is encouraged to visit the CDC website above and learn more about Zika.
  • Pregnant travelers to areas with Zika transmission should postpone their travel.
  • Anyone returning from Zika affected areas, if sexually active, should use condoms for all sexual contact to decrease the risk of transmission to partners.
  • Anyone traveling to areas with Zika transmission should take steps to prevent mosquito bites.