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Zika Virus Resources


Background Information

For complete background information on Zika virus, visit the CDC webpage, Zika Virus: Questions and Answers. 

Quick facts about Zika virus:

  • Zika is a virus spread to humans by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitos that spread dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. 
  • About 1 in 5 people who are infected with Zika virus show symptoms. Symptoms can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or headache. Symptoms last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
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Information for Health Care Providers

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Additional Information at Northwestern Medicine

  • Listen to a WGN Radio interview with Dr. Robert Murphy, Director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern Medicine.
  • View the Center for Global Health presentation about Zika Virus from Monday, February 29, 2016. The presentation begins at the 7-minute mark.
  • Follow IPHAM’s ongoing coverage of Zika Virus.
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Updated: September 25, 2023