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Understanding the Zika Virus

MosquitoThe Centers for Disease Control has the latest information regarding the Zika virus. According to the CDC, 20 percent of those infected become ill. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes) muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.

Currently there is no known cure for Zika virus and the only prevention is to avoid mosquito bites. You can also find information and get updates on travel destinations where there is an increased risk for contracting the virus.

If you have any questions about Zika virus please contact your physician.

Zika Virus News at UMass Memorial Health Care

Sharone Green, MD, infections diseases expert at the Medical Center and Medical School, is paying close attention through her research to the suspected link between the Zika virus and microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. Visit our website to learn more about the Zika virus. Learn more about the Medical School’s research

 

Health Watch: Zika Virus: What you Need to Know

What are the most common symptoms? How is it spread? And what should you do if you think you have been infected? Learn these answers and more in our latest Health Watch with Dr. Green.