Zika Virus


Zika Virus

Zika Virus

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can make humans sick.

How can I get Zika virus?

Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes infected with Zika virus are currently found in areas of Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and most recently, South and Central America and Mexico. Zika may also be transmitted between partners of any gender during sex, and from a mother to her unborn baby during pregnancy.

What are the signs and symptoms of Zika virus?

Zika virus causes symptoms similar to dengue and chikungunya infection. The resulting illness is usually mild and consists of fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache. Rarely, Zika infections can cause serious complications in otherwise healthy adults.

Zika infections during pregnancy are associated with serious birth defects.

Is there Zika virus in San Mateo County?

No, Zika virus is not currently transmitted in San Mateo County.

How can I protect myself and my family?

The CDC provides updated travel advisories concerning Zika virus and other mosquito-borne infections. The most recent advisory can be found at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Blog post

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Zika Virus and Invasive Aedes in San Mateo County

 Zika virus has been in the news often recently, and District staff members have received many questions from the family, friends, members of the public, and the media. Here are a few of the most common questions, and their answers:

Press release

From San Mateo County Health System: San Mateo County Has First Confirmed Case of Zika Virus

San Mateo, CA – Apr. 1, 2016

San Mateo County Health System today received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that a San Mateo County resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The individual was infected with Zika virus while traveling abroad and is now fully recovered. No transmission of the disease took place in the United States, and there was no risk of the virus spreading to the local community from this case. To protect patient privacy, San Mateo County is not releasing further details about the confirmed Zika case.