Veterans, here’s what you should know about Zika – VAntage Point

What is Zika? What can I do to prevent getting it?  How can VA help me if I have been exposed to Zika? Zika is a viral infection mostly spread by mosquitoes that may cause mild illness in most people.  Sexual transmission has also occurred.   However, if Zika is passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, it can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika.  Prevention is the best intervention. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites: Wear long sleeved shirts …

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