ZIKA VIRUS: WHAT PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW
Zika Virus: Know the Facts
If you are pregnant, or trying to conceive, you may have heard about Zika virus and you may be worried about how it could affect you and your baby.
Zika is spread when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites an infective person and then infects someone else. Zika can also be spread through sexual contact.
There has been no transmission of Zika virus in Australia to date but with the wet season approaching, it is possible that a traveller could bring the virus to north Queensland.
Zika virus is usually a mild illness, with many people experiencing no symptoms at all. People might get fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The main risk of Zika is to the unborn child because the infection can cause a range of birth defects including microcephaly (small head).
What you need to do
There is no cure or vaccine for Zika virus, so it is important that you take measures to protect yourself. Your best defence against Zika virus is to create an unfavourable environment for mosquitoes and protect yourself from bites.
- Tip water out of containers around your home to stop the mosquito breeding.
- Use a long-lasting insect surface spray to kill mosquitoes in dark areas inside your home and apply every 4 weeks.
- Regularly apply insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.
- Screen your doors and windows.