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Zika Virus is an evolving threat to the Marine Corps community. As such, stay informed with national and local health alerts for updated information. Click here to learn where Zika virus has been reported. 

There is currently no treatment for Zika Virus. 

Use the links below to learn more about the disease. 


 

 

Transmission
  • Bite of an infected mosquito
  • Sexual content
  • Mother to child
  • Blood transfusion
The mosquitos that transmit Zika Virus are the same type that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. This type of mosquito is also known to bite mostly in the daytime. 
Pregnancy Risks

U.S. and global health agencies have connected Zika Virus with serious fetal abnormalities. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have noted the link between a mother infected with the Zika Virus and infants born with microcephaly, a condition resulting in children being born with small heads. Additional research is being done to understand the full effects of the virus on fetuses. 

Men: Consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months after travel (if you don’t have symptoms) or for at least 6 months from the start of symptoms (or Zika diagnosis) if you develop Zika.

Women: Consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 8 weeks after travel (if you don’t have symptoms) or for at least 8 weeks from the start of symptoms (or Zika diagnosis) if you develop Zika.

  • Visit your healthcare provider to discuss your risk for contracting the virus.
  • Take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Read below for more on prevention. 
  • Practice safe sex
  • Pregnant women with male sexual partners should use condoms or abstain from intercourse.
  • If you are concerned your partner may have or had the virus, contact your healthcare provider. 
  • Contact your doctor to discuss the potential risk of contracting the virus during pregnancy. 
  • Discuss your male partner's risk of exposure with your healthcare provider. 
  • Take steps to prevent mosquito bites. See below for more on prevention.
Symptoms
Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms or symptoms will be mild. 

Common Symptoms

  • Fever 
  • Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Redness / Inflammation Around Eyes
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache

See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes, especially if you live in or have traveled to an area where Zika has been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.

Prevention
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  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Use EPA-approved insect repellents. Click here for a list of DoD-approved repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
    • Always follow the product label instructions.
    • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
    • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
    • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
    • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
    • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites (standing water) in and around the home. This can include flower pots and other containers, pet dishes, and children’s toys.
  • Ensure window/door screening is in good repair.
  • Maintain your landscape through consistent mowing and trimming.
  • Aerate artificial ponds and apply larvicide. Look for product “dunks” containing Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI), a natural product that specifically kills mosquito larvae.
  • Avoid using electric “bug zappers” or other similar mosquito attraction devices.
  • Contact your local mosquito control district to schedule an area review or to report issues concerning mosquitoes.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
    • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last. If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully. Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.
    • Uniforms can be treated at the factory or by hand. Check your uniform labels to see if they are treated. Visit your local preventive medicine authority if your uniform does not have one of these labels. 


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CDC Updates

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:25:00 EDT

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:20:00 EDT