A health alert has been issued for the Zika Virus warning pregnant women to avoid traveling to parts of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Zika is a virus spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. About 1 in 5 people who are infected become sick. For the people who become sick, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms begin two to 12 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms tend to be mild and last for a week. Read more>>
The 2009 H1N1 virus is contagious. Spread of the virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Read more>>