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Zika virus

Zika is an infection spread mainly by mosquitoes found in parts of the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. It can be harmful to pregnant women.

A Zika virus infection often has no symptoms. Some people get symptoms like a rash, high temperature, headache or muscle aches for a few days.

There's no treatment for a Zika virus infection. It usually gets better in about a week. Staying hydrated and taking painkillers can ease symptoms.

Zika virus is usually caught by being bitten by an infected mosquito. There's also a very small risk of it being passed on through sex.

You can reduce your risk of getting Zika virus by avoiding mosquito bites. For example, use insect repellent and sleep under a mosquito net.

Read more on the NHS website.

A Zika virus infection often has no symptoms. Some people get symptoms like a rash, high temperature, headache or muscle aches for a few days.

Symptoms of Zika virus infection

Most people have minimal symptoms or no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they're usually mild and last around 2 to 7 days.

Commonly reported symptoms include:

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There's no treatment for a Zika virus infection. It usually gets better in about a week. Staying hydrated and taking painkillers can ease symptoms.

Medical treatments

There's no specific treatment for Zika virus symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and taking paracetamol may help relieve symptoms.

If you feel unwell after returning from a country that has malaria, as well as having a risk of Zika virus transmission, you should seek urgent (same day) advice to help rule out a malaria diagnosis.

If you remain unwell and malaria has been shown not to be the cause, seek medical advice.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can reduce your risk of getting Zika virus by avoiding mosquito bites. For example, use insect repellent and sleep under a mosquito net.

Read more on the NHS website.

Zika virus is usually caught by being bitten by an infected mosquito. There's also a very small risk of it being passed on through sex.

Read more on the NHS website.