This web page educates people about Zika virus disease, which is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. It describes signs and symptoms, explains that it is diagnosed by laboratory tests of blood or other body fluids, identifies complications such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, and discusses its transmission through sexual intercourse, as well as from mother to fetus during pregnancy. It discusses prevention of Zika virus disease by protecting against mosquito bites, including use of insect repellent, removal and modification of mosquito breeding sites, and other precautions. The document explains that Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, and contains World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for its prevention. Though there is currently no vaccine or treatment available for Zika virus infection or its associated diseases, it offers advice for alleviating symptoms, and when to seek medical care. The document provides information regarding WHO response in supporting countries to control Zika virus disease, and includes a link to their Zika Strategic Response Framework.
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