Zika Virus - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Zika Virus

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).

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.


Updated Tuesday, January 03, 2017 at 07:48AM