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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

All Health Care Providers

Obstetrical Health Care Providers

Pediatric Health Care Providers

(CDC) Resources and Publications

(CDC) Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure - United States 2016


(CDC) Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection - United States 2016


(CDC) Zika Virus:

  • Clinical Evaluation & Disease
  • Diagnostic Testing

(CDC) Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak - United States 2016


(CDC) Questions and Answers for Pediatric Healthcare Providers: Infants and Zika Virus Infection


(CDC) Webinar: What Clinicians Need to Know

(CDC) Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure


(PAHO) Preliminary Guidelines for the surveillance of microcephaly in newborns in settings with risk of Zika virus circulation.


(PAHO) Zika Resources: For Health Authorities

(ACOG) Practice Advisory: Interim Guidance for Care of Obstetric Patients During a Zika Virus Outbreak



(PAHO) Surveillance in the Americas: Interim guidances for laboratory detection and diagnosis


(CDC) Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South American, the Caribbean, and Mexico


(UpToDate) Zika Virus Infection


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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 28, 2023