Preventing, responding to Zika

On 15 May 2017, India notified first confirmed cases of Zika Virus Disease to the World Health Organization. Although Zika is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, WHO maintains that vigilance to Zika needs to remain high.

About Zika Virus

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.

  • People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.

  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.

  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific.