Zika virus disease is caused by a mosquito-transmitted virus first discovered in the Zika Forest region of Uganda in 1947. Since then, outbreaks have been reported in tropical regions in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
More recently in 2015, outbreaks occurred in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. While the symptoms of Zika virus disease are typically mild, concern has recently been raised of a possible link between Zika virus infection and serious health conditions, particularly in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus. Local Zika virus transmission is not a concern to Minnesota residents since the mosquito species that transmit the virus are not established in this state. However, individuals who travel to affected areas may become sick and should either consider delaying travel (particularly for pregnant women) or follow steps to prevent mosquito bites (Preventing Mosquito-Transmitted Disease).
- About Zika Virus Disease
Zika virus disease information. Including transmission, prevention,
signs and symptoms, and answers to frequently asked questions. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Zika Affected Areas
The latest data for Zika infection cases in the U.S. and areas around the world with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Information for Health Care Professionals about Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases (including Zika Virus)
Important information for Health Care Professionals about Zika virus disease.
MDH staff are available to provide clinical consultation regarding testing and diagnosis of Zika virus and other mosquito-transmitted diseases. Call 651-201-5414 for general questions or a clinical consultation.