Zika Virus

What We Know About Zika

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
  • Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her partners.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects like microcephaly. Pregnant women should restrict their travel to areas with risk of Zika.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States.

Learn more about Zika virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Zika Virus Surveillance in Berrien County

Mosquito Protection ClothingThe Berrien County Health Department is doing its part to keep residents safe by performing mosquito surveillance during the summer months when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquito traps are set throughout Berrien County to identify any possible Aedes species mosquitoes that could be carriers of Zika virus. Want more information on local efforts for surveillance and outreach? Like the Berrien County Health Department on Facebook for weekly updates!

Prevent Mosquito Bites

  • Wear long sleeves and pants outdoors when mosquitoes are active.
  • Mosquito traps are set throughout Berrien County to trap and identify mosquito species that may carry Zika virus.
  • View additional tips to help Fight the Bite (PDF).