Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same type of mosquitoes found in several parts of the United States, including Louisiana.
There have been Zika cases reported in returning travelers to the United States and there is one suspected locally transmitted case reported in Texas. Healthcare providers are urged to adhere to the following recommendations:
1. Screen all patients for recent travel to countries with Zika transmitted cases including parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.
2. Watch for fever with joint, muscle, or eye pain, or a rash within 2 weeks of traveling from American Tropics.
3. Zika is a reportable disease in Louisiana. If you suspect Zika, immediately call the LOPH Infectious Disease Epidemiology hotline at 800-256-2748 for testing and treatment guidelines.
To remain current on newly released information about the Zika Virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/disease-qa.html