If you have plans to travel somewhere tropical for spring break, our nursing students remind you to take precautions against the Zika virus - especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Zika is transmitted through mosquito bites, sexual contact and blood transfusions. Cases have been confirmed in Mexico as well as several countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. There is no vaccine, but prevention can be aided by wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants and using repellent to prevent mosquito bites. Use condoms or abstain from sexual intercourse.
Zika has been known to cause microcephaly in babies born to mothers who have been infected with the virus during pregnancy. Microcephaly is characterized by smaller-than-average head size, which can cause a variety of health problems including seizures, developmental delay and problems with movement and balance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms of Zika include: fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain and headache.
For more information, visit: cdc.gov/zika.