Zika Virus Page
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika can bite at day and night. Zika virus can also be spread during sex with a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners and from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy.
Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
- Zika Prevention Takes a Community. Do Your Part.
- Control Mosquitoes Flyer (English) (Spanish)
- Zika - Protection from Mosquitoes (English) (Spanish)
- Zika and Septic Tanks Flyer (Bilingual)
Zika and Traveling
Zika and Pregnancy
CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women to protect themselves from Zika virus infection.
Follow the links below to access specific information relating to Zika and pregnancy.
- Zika and Pregnancy Flyer (Bilingual)
- THINKING ABOUT HAVING A BABY?
- Zika - Pregnant? Read This Flyer (English) (Spanish)
- Zika - Protect Your Pregnancy (Bilingual)
- Zika Pregnancy Kit (Bilingual)
- Zika, Pregnancy, & Travel Flyer (English) (Spanish)
- A Positive Zika Test Flyer (Bilingual)
- Zika Prevention Kit for Pregnant Women
- For Pregnant Women: A Positive Zika Virus Test, What does it mean for me?
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects such as microcephaly, a sign of incomplete brain development.
What to Know If:
- Your Baby May Have Been Affected by Zika
- If Your Doctor Suspects Microcephaly
- If your baby was born with Congenital Zika Syndrome
Zika and Breastfeeding
- INFANT FEEDING IN AREAS OF ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSION - Executive Summary (World Health Organization)
- Infant feeding in areas of Zika virus transmission - Summary of rapid advice guideline
For Health Care Providers
Reporting Zika in the State of Texas
Resources for Pregnant Women or Women Planning on Becoming Pregnant
- Zika Screening Tool for Pregnant Women
- US Zika Pregnancy Registry
- When to Test for Zika Virus
- For Pregnant Women Who Traveled to an Area with Zika
- For Pregnant Women Living in an Area with Zika
- US Zika Pregnancy Registry – Tribal Health Care Providers
- Collection and Submission of Fetal Tissues for Zika Virus Testing
- Collection and Submission of Specimens for Zika Virus Testing at Time of Birth
- Zika Grand Rounds Facilitation Guide: Pregnancy
Pediatrics and Primary Care Resources
- Initial Evaluation and Outpatient Management
- Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection
- Measuring Head Circumference
- Hearing Test Algorithm
- Zika Grand Rounds Facilitation Guide: Pediatrics
Doctor Visit Checklist for a Suspected Zika Infection
Occupational Exposure to ZIKV (Zika Virus) Interim Guidance
Testing and Reporting Forms
- Public Health Laboratory Zika RT-PCR Submission Form
- Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika PCR and Serology Specimen Criteria
- Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika Testing Supplemental Information
- US Zika Pregnancy Registry (USZPR) Inclusion and Reporting
- Health Advisory Regarding Zika Case in Rio Grande Valley
- Texas Announces Local Zika Virus Case in Rio Grande Valley - News Release - November 28, 2016
- Zika Case Definition
- Zika Specimen Criteria
- Diagnostic Testing and Case Reporting for Zika Virus (October 2016)
- ZIKA in Texas for Healthcare Professionals
- Mosquito repellent is now available as a Medicaid benefit!
- Zika Virus Medical Assessment
- Recommendations for Donor Screening, Deferral, and Product Management to Reduce the Risk of Transfusion- Transmission of Zika Virus
- Interim Guidance for the Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection — United States, August 2016 (MMWR August 19, 2016)
- Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure - United States, July 2016 (MMWR, Jul. 25, 2016)
- Interim Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus - United States, July 2016(MMWR, Jul. 25, 2016)
- Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure – United States, 2016 (MMWR, Mar. 25, 2016)
- Update: Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus for Persons with Possible Zika Virus Exposure —
United States, September 2016
Click here to visit the CDC site
- Click here for the CDC Health Advisory (Jan 2016)
- CDC Zika Virus Powerpoint for Clinicians (August 2016)
Resources & Publications for Parents, Teachers, & Other Stakeholders
- Letter from Texas Department of State Health Services to School Superintendents
- Jeopardy Interactive Game (PowerPoint); for promotoras
- Mosquito Prevention Flyer (Bilingual)
- Mosquito Prevention Flyer (Bilingual Black & White)
- Social Media Kit
- Prevent Bug Bites Poster (English)
- Zika in the Tropics Poster (English)
- Zero Zika Logo; (Black & White)
- Zika Virus English PSA 30 seconds; 30 seconds Watch on YouTube; Zika Virus English PSA 60 seconds; 60 seconds Watch on YouTube
- Zika Virus Spanish PSA 30 seconds; Spanish PSA 60 seconds
- "Become a Tip and Toss Trooper" Watch on YouTube
- Zika Virus 101
- Sesame Street: "Bug Repellent"; "Cover Up From Mosquitoes"
- Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks had been identified in countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. (read more from the CDC)
- El Paso Zika Response Plan - August 2016 (Click Here)
- Zika Surveillance and Response Plan Addendum – July 2017
- Zika Frequently Asked Questions and Answers