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  • Zika Virus

    There are no known Zika outbreaks at this time. 

    For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Zika page.

    Travel-related Zika information. 

    Patients who travel to Zika-affected areas should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

    Patients who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should not travel to areas where Zika outbreaks are occurring. If a pregnant person must travel to one of these areas, they must strictly follow these steps during and after the trip to avoid mosquito bites and prevent sexual transmission.

    How can I stay protected?

    For more information about protecting against Zika, see the CDC’s Zika prevention page.

    Public health role in disease outbreaks

    We work to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. We do this work every day:

    • Disease tracking.
    • Case follow up.
    • Contact follow up.
    • Controlling disease.
    • Emergency response.
    • Guidance for health care providers.
    • Public education and information.

    Zika FAQs

    Mosquitoes not found in Washington spread the Zika virus. In healthy adults and children, Zika usually causes very mild illness. Some people don’t have symptoms at all. But if a pregnant woman catches the virus, Zika can cause severe birth defects. Very rarely, people who contract Zika have more serious illnesses affecting the brain and nervous system (such as Guillain-Barre syndrome).

    Zika virus is usually a very mild illness with mild symptoms lasting several days to a week including:

    • Fever.
    • Rash.
    • Joint pain.
    • Red eyes.

    Some people don’t have any symptoms. 

    • Mosquitoes not found in Washington State spread the virus.
    • From a mother to her unborn baby.
    • Unprotected sex with someone who has Zika.
    • Blood Transfusion.

    For a current list of countries and areas with risk of Zika, see the CDC’s Areas with Risk of Zika webpage.