General Zika Virus Information
The Zika virus (Zika) is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus species of mosquito. Mosquito transmission of the Zika virus is found in over 50 countries and territories worldwide, including North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Africa.
There have been travel-related cases of Zika virus infection in Missouri, but there have been no reported cases of Zika infection due to a local mosquito bite. Surveys are being conducted to determine if the types of mosquitoes found in Missouri can carry and spread Zika virus. We know that mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are present in our state, so people should take precautions to protect themselves and their families even if Zika virus mosquitoes are not found.
Zika at a Glance
Missouri data regarding mosquito-borne infection can be found on DHSS’s Data and Statistical page (updated weekly).
Continental United States Zika Data can be found at CDC’s Zika site.
What We Know
Prevention begins with you
The two most effective methods of Zika prevention include reducing mosquito populations and using personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission.
For more information regarding Zika prevention and personal protection measures, visit:
- Controlling Mosquitoes
- Personal Protection Measures
- If You Have Zika
- Zika and Pregnant Women
- Zika and Travelers
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