Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries. In December 2015, Puerto Rico reported its first confirmed Zika virus case. Locally transmitted Zika has been reported in the southern United States, and cases of Zika have been reported in returning travelers. View current areas with Zika here.
There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus (see map) or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.
- Click here for more information about the Zika Virus from the CDC
Important Zika virus information is now posted on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, under the topics A-Z or click on the link below. The diagnosis and testing information can now be found at the Arboviral diseases website, under Heath Professional tab: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/zika.htmFor CDC MMWR guidelines for Zika virus infection and management in Pregnant Women, please go to
For CDC diagnosis and testing algorithm, please go to