Zika Virus

5 Messages About ZikaZika virus is a virus similar to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile and is primarily transmitted through mosquitoes and sex. Zika virus is not spread from person to person the way colds and flu are.

The Zika virus outbreak, mainly in the Caribbean, and Central and South Americas, has led to reports of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects, poor pregnancy outcomes, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Concerned women should consult their medical provider.

Medical providers

Medical providers should contact their local health department to discuss or facilitate possible Zika virus testing.

More Information

Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for more information.