On July 6, we are co-hosting an event with the NJ Department of Health to share important information about the Zika virus. Over the past year, cases of the Zika virus have been springing up throughout Latin America, South America and the Caribbean with some cases reported in the United States. Understandably, reports of mosquito-borne Zika virus have Americans concerned for their health and the health of their families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 820 confirmed cases in the United States and all but one was acquired by individuals who traveled to South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have cautioned against travel to areas affected by the Zika virus, especially for women and men of reproductive age.
What is Zika?
According to the CDC, Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. People can also get Zika through sexual intercourse with an infected man, and the virus can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. People who contract the virus may not realize they have it due to the illness’ mild symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms are most commonly met with fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). If infected during pregnancy, Zika can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, where the baby’s brain is not fully developed.
What to do if you have the Zika virus
If you have symptoms related to the Zika virus, see your doctor or healthcare provider immediately (especially if you have been to Latin America or the Caribbean recently.) There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus. If you have a confirmed case of Zika virus:
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink fluids to stay hydrated
- Take Tylenol to reduce fever and/or pain
- Take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Zika can be transmitted from person to person from mosquito bites during the first week of illness.
Join us July 6th to Learn More
On July 6th, VNA of Central Jersey will be hosting a Zika-Information event at its Perth Amboy WIC location. New Jersey Department of Health Deputy Commissioner and pediatrician, Dr. Arturo Brito, will be speaking to relay important information about the Zika virus. The event is open to the public and will explain the risk of the Zika virus to pregnant women, healthcare providers and those considering travel to Latin America or the Caribbean.
The event will be held on Wednesday June 6th at 11:00am at:
VNACJ WIC Program
313 State Street, 7th Floor
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861