- AL Reading Service
The Zika virus has popped up in Alabama, although you can’t blame mosquitoes yet. The pests spread the disease but so far the only cases in the state are from people who have traveled to Zika-infected areas. As of the end of May, Central and South America plus some islands in the South Pacific have seen outbreaks.
Zika virus is rarely severe or deadly. Only 1 in 5 people who get infected become sick with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headache that last for several days to a week. Zika is a major concern for pregnant women as it’s been linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.
Public health officials recommend pregnant women don’t travel to Zika-infected areas. But they’re also offering tips to fight mosquitoes, which spread a number of diseases.
Many of the recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health are aimed at reducing standing water where mosquitoes breed.
If you do have to be outside, ADPH has further tips to prevent mosquito bites.