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A to Z: Zika Virus

A to Z: Zika Virus

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A to Z: Zika Virus

Zika is a virus that a person can get from being bitten by an infected mosquito. The virus is of particular concern for pregnant women and women who may become pregnant.

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Usually, symptoms of Zika virus are mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, and pinkeye. Often there are no symptoms at all. But there have been reports of problems in pregnant women who get infected, especially in Central and South America. There is concern that there might be a connection between Zika and an increase in microcephaly, a rare condition in which a child's brain doesn't fully develop, resulting in an abnormally small head.

Keep in Mind

If you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant, experts say you should postpone travel to countries where Zika virus has been found. If you do visit these countries, it's very important to try to avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellents. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.