Orange County Mosquito Control is currently monitoring the status of the Zika virus. At this time, officials are asking for help from the community to minimize the potential spread of the virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
Note: The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is the lead agency monitoring infectious disease within the state of Florida. Please contact the FDOH for the most recent information on reports of the Zika virus in Florida. The Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) is the lead federal partner. Please visit the CDC website for information on the Zika virus.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Mosquito Safety with Dr. Hunter
WHAT WE KNOW
According to the Centers for Disease Control, common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Severe complications from the virus are rare, although it has been linked with a rise of microcephaly birth defect cases in Latin American countries where the disease has spread. The two species of mosquito that spread Zika are the Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. These mosquitoes also spread dengue and chikungunya.
- Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
- There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
The Florida Department of Health has identified an area in one neighborhood of Miami where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes. Click here to learn more.
Zika Information Session Presentation