The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2016) have provided the following updated information regarding the Zika Virus.
Zika virus infections result from the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
The virus is not transmitted through casual contact, and there is no vaccine or treatment available at this time.
Symptoms last a few days, up to a week, and most commonly consist of fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (Pink eye).
Prevention is key: Here are some recommended tips:
- Remove all standing water, especially those in hard to reach places
- Replace any broken window screens
- Wear long pants/sleeves
- Use a registered insect repellent from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information see: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html
Public Health Authorities will notify the school district to a locally borne transmission.
At this time, the CDC (2016) recommends the following for schools:
- No exclusions from school or schoolwide notification is required
- School related activities do not need to be cancelled.
- Students will be managed according to our school illness guidelines, and School Nurses will communicate with parents regarding symptoms and further directions.
For more information and frequently ask questions refer to: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html