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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Zika Prevention

*UPDATED*
 

ZIKA Prevention, Travel Restrictions and Information

With the season of travel upon us, it is ever more important to provide individuals and families with the most up-to-date information on Zika prevention, travel preparation, and how to protect pregnant woman and those planning on conceiving.  

ZIKA Information and Prevention Resources

·       Zika Prevention Kit for Pregnant Women

·       Zika Travel Information for travelers to international destinations and US territories.

·       For information on Zika in US States, visit Areas with Zika.

·       Testing Recommendations and Timeframes to Wait Before Trying to Conceive by Geographic Location

·       Zika Prevention Guide for Congregational Leaders

 
The Zika virus spreads to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
 
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
 
In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
 
For tips on prevention, click HERE.
 

The CDC continues to work with state public health officials and has an emergency response team on the ground in South Florida, agencies have moved to expedite the development of a vaccine, and the administration is working with the private sector to develop more options to test and prevent infection.