Confirmed Zika Cases
in Oregon, 2016
10 things Oregonians should know about Zika
- Zika is primarily mosquito-borne. It can also be sexually transmitted from men who develop Zika symptoms.
- Two types of mosquitoes are known to spread Zika virus; neither is found in Oregon.
- Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes, although most infected people experience no symptoms.
- Zika symptoms are usually mild in children and adults, and serious illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Zika infection can cause birth defects, including microcephaly, when mothers are infected during pregnancy. The full range of birth defects caused by Zika is currently under investigation.
- A handful of Zika cases have occurred in Oregon in recent years; all were associated with travel to areas with active Zika transmission.
- There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika, but it can be prevented by using insect repellent, protecting your skin from mosquito bites, and avoiding unprotected sex with men infected with the virus.
- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is working with local county health departments and Oregon health care providers to identify and test appropriate persons for Zika virus.
- Public Health can arrange Zika testing for patients with certain symptoms and recent travel to affected areas, and for pregnant women without symptoms who traveled to Zika-affected areas any time during pregnancy.
- The CDC recommends pregnant women postpone travel to areas where Zika is circulating; men who have recently traveled to a Zika-affected region and who have a pregnant partner should avoid unprotected sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
Zika no es una amenaza para los residentes de Oregon.
Resources from the CDC
For Public Health Partners in Oregon