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Zika virus updates

Zika virus updates

Past updates for the general public

If you recently traveled to an area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and are pregnant, have a pregnant partner, or are experiencing illness and have questions about getting tested for Zika virus, talk with your healthcare provider. Make sure your provider knows where you've traveled.

  • See a healthcare provider if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes during a trip or within 2 weeks after traveling to a place with Zika, or if you have had sexual contact with someone who has traveled.

  • Zika can be sexually transmitted by a man or woman. Anyone who has a pregnant partner and has traveled to an area with active Zika should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use barrier methods during sex for the duration of the pregnancy.

Zika cases in King County*

  • 2016 cases: 25
  • 2017 cases: 10
  • 2018 cases: 1

*Confirmed and probable travel-associated symptomatic cases in King County by year reported, as of 02/07/2018.

Top Zika messages

  • Zika infection during pregnancy causes birth defects. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.

  • Zika is primarily spread through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes. Washington state does not have these species of mosquitoes, so currently there is no risk in King County of Zika spreading locally.

  • The best way to prevent Zika is to protect against mosquito bites.

  • Many people infected with Zika don't even know they have it. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital.

  • Pregnant women should talk to their health care provider at every prenatal care visit about their possible Zika virus exposure before and during their current pregnancy.

Facebook Live video featuring Public Health's Dr. Meagan Kay delivering a message to pregnant women about Zika virus.

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