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Zika Virus

August 29, 2016

Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause Dengue and Chikungunya virus infection. Approximately 80 percent of people that become infected with Zika virus have no symptoms. Zika infection rarely triggers paralysis (i.e., Guillain-Barré Syndrome).  

Prior to 2015, outbreaks had previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. More recently outbreaks have been widely reported across South and Central America and the Caribbean. Local transmission has been identified in small focal areas in Florida.

Links for the most up-to-date information can be found below.

For information on the number of Zika virus cases and current investigations in Florida please visit the DOH newsroom

For more information on the latest healthcare guidance and additional resources please visit the Zika Virus webpage

For Zika virus testing information in Orange County, please visit Zika testing website.

To report a suspected case of Zika virus, please contact the Epidemiology program.

For information on mosquito bite prevention visit the mosquito borne disease prevention webpage.

For information on Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, please visit the surveillance webpage.

Updated August 30, 2016