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Zika Virus

Zika virus disease is often so mild people don’t know they have it. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Also there have been increased reports of an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in areas affected by Zika. Zika spreads from person to person through mosquito bites. People can also get Zika through sex with a man infected with Zika and it can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

Zika virus is circulating in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and other countries including Mexico. The mosquitoes that spread Zika are not in Sonoma County. At present, Sonoma County residents who travel to areas with Zika and those who have sex with men who have traveled are at risk for Zika virus disease. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika cases among travelers and their sexual partners will increase.

For Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant, you must understand your risk of getting Zika virus disease and how to protect yourself and your baby. Read these travel guidelines from the CDC, especially if you or your partner are planning to visit an area that has the Zika virus.

Zika virus: Information for Pregnant Women

Resources for Sonoma County Clinicians

Visit our Health Provider Alerts webpage for the most recent Zika virus health advisory.

Visit our Public Health Regional Laboratory website for up-to-date submission forms for Zika virus.

Zika Materials and Information

Zika Travel Information
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zika and Pregnancy
English | Spanish (PDF: 216 Kb)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Zika and Travel
English | Spanish (PDF: 1566 Kb)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Zika and Sex
English | Spanish (PDF: 50 Kb)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Fact Sheets and Posters
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prevention

Zika Virus Prevention
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mosquito Prevention
Source: Marin / Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District.

Preventing Aedes Mosquito-Borne Diseases (video)
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact Information

Disease Control Unit

Public Health Division

Health Services

Contact us by Phone
Address

Public Health Division

625 5th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.441691, -122.713746

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