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The best source of information to stay current on Zika is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Zika website:
What you need to know about the Zika virusIndividuals who are infected by the Zika virus usually have mild symptoms, or may not be aware they have the virus. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes), and can include muscle pain and headaches. Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Understanding how the virus is transmitted can help you protect yourself, your family and your community.
Practice enhanced precautions when traveling to regions or countries where there is a Zika outbreak. Before you travel, check travel health alerts.
TransmissionKnowing how the Zika virus is spread is important in keeping you and your family healthy and protected from the virus.
People usually get the virus from mosquito bites. It can spread when a mosquito bites a person that already has the virus, and then spreads it to other people through bites.
TreatmentIf you believe you have been infected, or develop symptoms, you should seek help from your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have travelled recently. A health professional is the best source to determine if you have been infected with the virus and how to treat the symptoms. While there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, currently, as recommended by the CDC, symptoms can be treated by:
If your doctor determines you have been infected with the virus and need to be treated, your plan will cover standard treatment. We will be responsive to the medical decisions of doctors and health officials as they explore other types of treatment. Our intent is to ensure that we do what is right for our members.
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