Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus).

Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites and getting Zika through sex.

This fact sheet explains who’s most affected and why, symptoms and treatment, and how to protect against Zika.

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