Zika Virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). People can also get Zika through sex with a man infected with Zika and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites and getting Zika through sex. At this time there are NO locally transmitted cases of Zika Virus in the greater Kansas City area.
The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Here’s how:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Always follow the product label instructions.
For the most up-to-date Zika information, click here.
For Healthcare Providers
Missouri health care providers: For questions regarding Zika testing of patients, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ (DHSS’) Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (BCDCP), Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM, at 573-751-6113; after hours/weekends, 800-392-0272 (24/7).
Before submitting a specimen for Zika testing to the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL), medical providers MUST first consult with a BCDCP epidemiologist to confirm that the patient meets testing criteria.
For more information, visit the DHSS website by clicking here.
The Jackson County Health Department has developed a Zika Virus & Mosquito Control Communications Toolkit for any organization interested in sharing important information about Mosquito Control practices and/or the Zika Virus with their constituents. The Toolkit includes a variety of both English and Spanish flyers, as well as social media text and graphics that can be customized to your area.
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