Physical Health


Zika is a virus that is thought to spread to people through mosquito bites; there has also been at least one documented case of sexual transmission. The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting from several days to one week. About one in five people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms. Hospitalization is not common. Zika virus has been found in Mexico, several countries in Central and South America, and several islands in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. A number of imported cases were recently diagnosed in the United States.

What Are the Symptoms of Zika Virus Infection?

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.