Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. An infected person can spread the virus to others through blood transfusion, sexual contact, and from mother to child. Those at the highest risk of getting Zika virus are people who travel to areas where Zika virus is active, those who have sex with an infected person, or people who traveled to an area with Zika.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Most people with Zika virus have no symptoms and don’t even know they have the virus. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and rarely die of Zika infection.
Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Utah Zika Resources for Public Health/Healthcare Professionals
- Mother to Baby UT/Pregnancy Risk Line 1-800-822-2229
- Bureau of Epidemiology 801-538-6191
- Utah Birth Defect Network 866-818-7096