Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

The first confirmed case came in Brazil in May 2015, but it made news in the U.S. with reported cases in January 2016.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society will work with the state Department of Health to keep physicians and the public informed about Pennsylvania’s preparedness for this virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Main Zika Virus web page



Updated CDC Recommendations on Timing of Pregnancy after Zika Exposure and Prevention of Sexual Transmission

DOH and CDC Issue Health Alerts on Zika Virus and Recommendations for Health Care Providers

PAMED Holds Call-in to Provide a Pennsylvania Update

DOH Health Advisory Provides Zika Virus Guidance and Diagnostic Testing Information

Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection  (CDC website)

Fact Sheets and Posters for Medical Offices (CDC website)

Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Zika info page

2 Cases of Zika Confirmed in PA; DOH Says No Public Health Threat

5 things Western Pennsylvanians need to know about Zika (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

How Virus Is Transmitted (CDC website)

Information for Pregnant Women (CDC website)

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment (CDC website)