Zika virus Overview
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.
How to protect yourself? Until we know more, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women. Do not travel to areas with Zika. If you must travel, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and take steps to plan for travel.