Zika Disease Resources
According to Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Zika is a viral disease that is primarily transmitted to people by Aedes species mosquitoes.
The most common Zika symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. The illness usually involves mild symptoms that last for several days to a week.
“But when it comes to pregnant women, Zika is an unprecedented public health emergency,” says State Epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek, DVM, MS. “This is the first time in more than 50 years that a virus has been linked to serious birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.”
DPH Director of Health Protection Patrick O’Neal, M.D., explains that, “Prior to 2015, Zika outbreaks had been limited to Africa, Southeast Asia, and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The first Zika virus transmission in Brazil wasn’t confirmed until May of 2015 – but outbreaks are now occurring in a number of countries in the Americas and the rest of the world.”
He stresses that, “We are not aware of any mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases in the continental United States, but there have been reports of travel-related and sexually-transmitted cases in the U.S.”
Georgians can go to https://dph.georgia.gov/zika or call their district or county health department or DPH at 404.657.2588 with questions related to the Zika virus or other mosquito‐borne diseases.