SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever.
Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus. There is a possible link between the virus and birth defects.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Until more is known, CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms can last from several days to weeks. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus infection.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika