People get the Zika virus through mosquito bites. The illness usually is mild, with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms are:
Zika virus outbreaks typically occur in tropical areas.
Zika virus came to the Western Hemisphere in 2015, with the first case reported in Brazil.
So far, no one has gotten Zika virus from mosquitos in the continental United States. The only confirmed cases have been in travelers who have returned from Zika-affected areas.
For a list of countries with Zika virus outbreaks, go to cdc.gov/zika.
If you are traveling to countries affected by the Zika virus, take these precautions:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
CDC Health Alert Network,
Department of Health
Heidi Gallart, infection prevention program manager, Allina Health
Recent news about the Zika virus has prompted many questions. Wendolyn Slattery, MD, infectious disease specialist at Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic, answers some of them for KARE 11 News.