Wondering How to Know if you Have Zika Virus?

Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It is important how to know if you have the Zika virus.

How to Know if you Have Zika Virus

If you have recently been bitten by a mosquito, pay attention if the following symptoms occur.

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

Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.  Illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

Diagnosis of Zika Virus

According to the Center of Disease Control: 

  • The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya.
  • See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above and have visited an area where Zika is found.
  • Your healthcare provider can order blood tests to confirm Zika

Zika and Pregnancy

If you visited an area that has Zika, and there is a chance you may be pregnant- be sure to check out the guidelines for Zika and pregnancy to find out what to do.