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Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Only 20% of those with Zika show symptoms. Zika is usually mild and typically lasts up to a week. www.ZikaVa.org

Zika is spread by infected mosquitoes, but did you know it can also be sexually transmitted from a man to his partner? The CDC has information and suggestions about how to prevent Zika transmission. http://ow.ly/RTPY300Dbeo

Mosquitoes can transmit many diseases, including Zika, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. How do they do it? Mosquitoes can pick up diseases by biting an infected person. Then when they bite other people, they infect them with the disease. http://ow.ly/gChE300DbiP

Zika Virus can cause birth defects, such as microcephaly. If you are pregnant, protect yourself from mosquito bites. Cover skin and use insect repellant according to directions on the label. More information is available from the Virginia Department of Health or your local health department. www.ZikaVa.org

If you are pregnant AND have traveled to a Zika-affected area during pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for Zika. www.ZikaVa.org

Are you pregnant and worried about Zika? Learn how Zika virus is transmitted, what the symptoms are and who should be tested. http://ow.ly/8iT3300Dbjv

If you feel that you may have Zika virus, you should talk to your healthcare provider. www.ZikaVa.org

Zika is most commonly transmitted by two types of mosquitoes, the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow mosquito. Both of these mosquito species can be found in Virginia. Take steps to keep them from breeding around your home. www.ZikaVa.org

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika, so prevention is the best protection. Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito bites, mosquito-proof your home, and keep them from breeding in your yard. http://ow.ly/IU5v300Dblp

Fight the Bite! Insect repellants can help prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes that can transmit Zika and other diseases. Look for EPA-registered insect repellants that have DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and follow the label directions. http://ow.ly/sTSy300DbmE

Mosquitoes that transmit Zika bite both during the day and night! Protect yourself this summer: wear long sleeves, long pants and use insect repellant according to directions. Or wear clothes treated to repel insects. http://ow.ly/9waw300DbnW

Do you have birdbaths, buckets, kiddie pools, flower pot trays, sagging tarps, downspout extenders, pet dishes or other containers that hold water in your yard? Empty and clean them weekly to prevent Zika mosquitoes from breeding in them. http://ow.ly/2Nb0300Dbpn

The mosquitoes that can transmit Zika can fly and bite both outside and inside your home! Keep mosquitoes out of your home by using screens on windows and doors. Outside of your home, remove any containers that hold water to eliminate their breeding sites. http://ow.ly/eFhk300DbpV

Think like a mosquito! Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of standing water in containers. To prevent Zika, check your yard after it rains and least one a week to drain containers of standing water. http://ow.ly/MSX0300Dbqm

Keep mosquitoes out of septic tanks to prevent the spread of Zika and other diseases like dengue, West Nile and chikungunya. Mosquitoes can get inside broken or unsealed septic tanks and lay thousands of eggs that will grow into thousands of mosquitoes in about 7-10 days. Here’s how to inspect and repair your septic tank: http://ow.ly/ARbY300Dbs6

The “Aedes” species of mosquitoes can carry Zika. A mosquito egg can hatch and develop into an adult in only 7 – 10 days! See the stages of a mosquito’s lifecycle so you can recognize them and protect yourself and your family. http://ow.ly/klTV300DbsD

BZZZ! Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus breed in containers with standing water. They can lay several hundred eggs on the walls of water filled containers. They stick like glue and remain attached unless scrubbed off. When water covers the eggs they hatch and become adults in about a week. That’s why it’s important to empty and scrub all containers that can hold water. http://ow.ly/JRkZ300Dbt5

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your vacation! If you have a trip planned to an area where Zika is spreading, make plans now to protect yourself and your family. http://ow.ly/1CfZ300Dbuo

Have you recently traveled to an area where Zika is spreading? When you get back, watch for fever with joint, muscle, or eye pain or rash in the next two weeks. If you’re sick, see your doctor. Be sure to share your travel history. http://ow.ly/Tc3r300Dbxr

Are you pregnant and planning to travel overseas? Find out about areas where Zika is spreading and read the CDC’s recommendations. http://ow.ly/laMk300DbyC

Taking a trip in the U.S. this summer? Do you know whether your destination is in the range of the two species of mosquitoes that can carry and transmit Zika? Find out on this map of their range in the United States:  http://ow.ly/oWdS300Dbzc

Do you want to keep up to date on Zika in Virginia? Visit www.ZikaVa.org for the latest information, including ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes.

Mosquito season is here and Virginia is preparing for Zika virus. The state’s Zika Response Plan offers strategies to keep Virginians healthy throughout mosquito season by preventing or mitigating the transmission of Zika. http://ow.ly/f6Hy300DbEj

What can be done about Zika? We all have a role in fighting Zika. The CDC, healthcare providers, health districts, and individual residents can all work together. It can start with simple individual actions, like inspecting your yard to empty containers of standing water where mosquitoes that can transmit Zika breed. Together we can stop the spread of Zika. http://ow.ly/RWCB300DbF7

Want to know the basics about Zika quickly? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a great four-minute video called Zika 101 that covers the basics. http://ow.ly/i6wr300DbFD

Learn more about Zika in this comprehensive presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://ow.ly/bBrv300DbGg