News about the Zika virus can be overwhelming, scary, and confusing for children. The key to helping kids cope with their emotions is communicating the facts around the virus and together take measures towards prevention. Learn to recognize symptoms of Zika and model protection against mosquito bites with these tips, activities, and videos.
*This information is intended only for individuals and their families residing in the Caribbean region NOT for domestic U.S. audiences where prevention measures may differ.
About This Project
What is Zika?
Zika is a virus caused by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito. People with Zika virus usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), and muscle and joint pain normally lasting for 2-7 days. People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available. The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
For more information check out "Zika Resources" sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization