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Zika Fever

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

For more information on Zika virus, Florida residents and visitors can call 855-622-6735 or fax Epidemiology at 407-665-3214.


Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly  and other severe brain defects.

Department of Health Zika Information Page

Symptoms and Treatment

Only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus are symptomatic. Zika fever is a mild illness. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Signs and symptoms of Zika fever may include: acute onset of low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain, and vomiting. Treatment is symptomatic since there is no specific treatment against the virus. Illness typically resolves within a week.

Testing Pregnant Women for Zika

Testing Pregnant Women for Zika at DOH – Seminole

For persons interested in Zika Testing please contact your healthcare provider or call 407-665-3266 for consultation.

Transmission

Transmission occurs through the bite of an infected mosquito, including the same mosquitoes that can transmit dengue and chikungunya. Perinatal, in utero, and possible sexual and transfusion transmission has also been reported. Suspect cases should be advised to avoid mosquito bites while ill to prevent infection of local mosquitoes.

Incubation period is approximately 2 to 14 days. 

Seminole County Mosquito Control

Mosquito Bite Protection for Overseas Travelers

Healthcare Providers

For more information regarding Zika patients coming to your clinics, hospitals, or physicians’ offices, please view the resources below for guidance.

Zika Fever – Information for Obstetricians

Zika Fever – Information for Clinicians

Zika Fever – Enhanced Surveillance for Emergency Department