Update – Feb. 5: Sexual transmission of Zika has been reported from a person who had traveled to a Zika-endemic area to someone who had never been in an area with Zika virus. Learn more.
The recent news stories about Zika virus have understandably caused a lot of concern. With the outbreak widespread through South American and Central American countries, and predictions that it will make its way to the United States, many are on alert. Much of the fear stems from the possible link between Zika and an increase in microcephaly, a neurological condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally small skulls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even issued travel warnings to countries where Zika is rampant.
As the situation keeps developing, it’s important to remember a few things:
When mosquito season does come again, the best way to protect yourself is to take the usual steps to ward off bites, including wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and shoes. For a full list of ways to avoid mosquito bites, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.