Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes are not found in Michigan, but are widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes. Symptoms are typically mild and last several days to a week. Many people who are infected will not experience any symptoms.

If you have plans to travel to areas where Zika virus is present, take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, consider postponing your trip. Protect yourself if your sexual partner has recently traveled to an area with Zika virus. Zika virus is especially dangerous for pregnant woman because it is linked to birth defects in babies. 

Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers (English or Spanish)
Pregnant? Read this before you travel (English or Spanish)

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Zika Virus Information for Michigan Healthcare Providers

Updated MDHHS Guidance for Providers
Zika Virus Testing Flowchart-Travelers, Pregnant Women and Other Adults
Zika Virus Testing Flowchart- Infants
MDHHS Lab Requisition Form

Zika virus is a reportable condition in Michigan (under “Arboviral”).
Any healthcare provider or laboratory must report suspect and confirmed cases of Zika virus to the appropriate Michigan local public health department.

Information from the CDC

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