Zika virus disease is caused by a mosquitoborne 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 and their partners) or follow steps to prevent mosquito bites (Preventing Mosquitoborne Disease).
- About Zika Virus Disease
Zika virus disease information. Including transmission, prevention,
signs and symptoms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
- Zika Affected Areas
CDC; 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
- Is Zika still a concern?: Video
MDH epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman discusses who should be concerned about catching Zika virus, how to avoid mosquitoes if you are traveling to an area where Zika is a threat, how to avoid infecting your pregnant partner with Zika, and where to find more information. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Information for Health Care Professionals about Mosquitoborne 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 mosquitoborne diseases. Call 651-201-5414 for general questions or a clinical consultation.