- Zika is linked to birth defects such as microcephaly.
- Other birth defects include eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth.
Transmission can occur by:
- Being bitten by an infected mosquito.
- Having sex with a man infected with the virus
- An infected pregnant woman passing it to her fetus.
- Joint Pain
- Conjunctivitis (Red Eyes)
Current countries with infected mosquitos:
The Caribbean – currently includes Aruba; Barbados; Bonaire; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands
Central America – currently includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
The Pacific Islands – currently includes American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga
South America – currently includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
Rhea Borbotti, RN, Director of Health Services First Choice Women’s Resource Centers Jersey City, Montclair, Morristown, Newark and Plainfield, NJ 973-538-0967