Zika Virus

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NOTICE!    We advise members of the community and all stakeholders reviewing details about Zika to initially use our links to state and federal authorities located at the Internet resources found belowState and federal partners have concise information about Zika and the information is changing frequently. As of January 16, 2016 the type of mosquito known to carry the Zika virus is generally not found in Massachusetts. (ex. Massachusetts Department of Public Health Zika Data Sheet)  At this time, it is very unlikely that anyone will be infected with Zika virus from a mosquito bite in Massachusetts. However, travelers to the affected areas can be bitten by infected mosquitoes during their trip and some of these travelers are being diagnosed with Zika virus disease when they return to the United States.

People traveling to places with continuing outbreaks of Zika virus are at risk of contracting the disease. If you are traveling to Central America, South America, or the Caribbean, you should check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information about current health issues related to specific destinations at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.




Zika virus (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus, which is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. For information on the infrastructure in place to protect our community from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and how to protect yourself from mosquito bites please visit our mosquito control section.


Information about Zika virus can be found at the following websites:


State sponsored Zika resources:


State sponsored infromation about Zika


Estado patrocinado infromation sobre Zika en español


State sponsored Blog Zika - Zika virus and Travel: Tips for Women


Federal sponsored Zika resources:


Zika information provided by the federal government    


Zika la información proporcionada por el gobierno federal en español


CDC Travel Apps


        CDC TravWell             CDC Can I Eat This       2016 Yellow Book






CDC Mosquito Bite Children's Activity Book




CDC Videos


Zika Virus Prevention Playback (skip videos in English to find the Spanish version)


Virus Zika 101


The Way Forward Media (below) from the CDC contains general information about travel. While watching and associating the followinng videos with Zika virus pay special attention to the adivice the CDC offers regarding insect repellents. The use of insect repellent can protect you from mosquito bites.

So how: Many health claims (4:00)                        The way forward: Passport to Health (4:17)



Zika Virus 101 courtesy of CDC