In February 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Zika virus is a disease which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
There are urgent concerns about Zika virus infection and pregnant women. Zika virus infections have been confirmed in infants with microcephaly and in the current outbreak in Brazil, a marked increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly has been reported. Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should not travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
For more information about Zika virus, please review the resources on this page, especially the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
EPA Registered Insects Repellents
Zika testing guidance for physicians and laboratories
Zika Guidance for Physicians/Healthcare Providers
Zika virus testing — what laboratorians need to know