The Zika virus is spread to humans when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. The illness itself is a mild one, with symptoms of a fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting a few days to as long as a week, but it can have serious consequences for unborn children.
The disease is transmitted from person-to-person when someone with the Zika virus is bitten by a mosquito and then that infected mosquito bites another person. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. People can also get Zika by having unprotected sex with an infected man.
There is no vaccination for the Zika virus. The only way to avoid it at this time is to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito and avoid having unprotected sex with infected men. To reduce your chances of coming into contact with the disease, avoid travel to areas that are currently known to have a significant population of mosquitoes infected by this virus and protect yourself from getting bitten by mosquitoes.
Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zika FAQ.
Visit the NJ DOH to learn more about Zika and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The NJ DOH and NJ Poison Information and Education System have partnered to open Zika Call Center.
Call 1.800.962.1253 any time of the day or night, seven days a week.
Zika Care Connect
Zika Care Connect is a new program designed to connect women, parents, and caregivers of infants and families affected by Zika to recommended health care services.
Visit the Zika Care Connect website for more information on the following:
- Healthcare Professional Network - a searchable database of specialists who have self-enrolled and indicated that they are able to provide CDC-recommended clinical services and stay informed of the most recent CDC clinical guidance for the management and care of patients with Zika.
- Downloadable Materials - fact sheets, charts, checklists and other documents about Zika.
- Frequently Asked Questions - if you have questions about Zika Care Connect or Zika in general, answers are provided.
- Other Useful Resources for Zika Information - a list of other websites to provide more information on Zika virus.
- HelpLine - a ZCC staff member is available by phone if you have questions about using the website or need other personal assistance.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents. All EPA - registered insect repellents are evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
- Always follow the product label instructions.
- Reapply insect repellent as directed.
- Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
- If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age. Instead, dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, cover your crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
- Do not apply the insect repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
- Adults should spray insect repellent onto their hands and then apply it to a child's face.
- Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items.
- Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
- If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
- Do NOT use permethrin products directly on the skin. They are intended to treat clothing.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Learn More About Zika
You can learn more about the Zika virus by visiting the CDC website.