The WHO has declared a global public health emergency because of the Zika virus. While known for more than 50 years, its possible association with thousands of suspected cases of microcephaly (congenital brain damage) in babies has triggered current concerns. Symptoms are usually mild and self-limited.
PositiveTip: To minimize Zika risk (1) avoid unnecessary travel to infected areas; (2) adequate mosquito protection (repellant, nets, etc.); (3) pregnant women or those planning pregnancies should avoid travel to infected areas, and (4) use condoms or avoid sex with a partner who has been exposed.