Zika is an infectious disease spread by the aedes mosquito. There is currently local spreading of Zika in Central and South America, Pacific islands, Florida, and Cape Verde, Africa. Travelers to and from those areas should be particularly careful. Currently, there are no locally acquired cases of Zika in Hawaii. The only cases of Zika in Maui have occurred when a resident or a visitor has traveled to an area with Zika, and returned to Maui with an infection. Symptoms of Zika include a fever, joint pain, rash, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). These symptoms can last several days to a week.

The disease spreads when a sick person gets bit by a mosquito, and that mosquito later bites a healthy person. Evidence also suggests that Zika can be transmitted through sexual contact if the male has been infected.

The best way to prevent Zika is to practice proper mosquito control. This includes preventing mosquitoes from biting and by reducing mosquito breeding grounds.

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Visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ for more information about Zika.



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