Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
There are no locally acquired vector-borne cases of Zika reported in California. There are 2,245 travel-associated cases reported in the continental United States, 170 laboratory confirmed travel-associated cases are in California, and 40 of those are in Los Angeles County. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are present in Los Angeles County, however no Zika Virus has been identified in vectors at this time.
How to Prevent Zika Virus Infection
Avoid travel to areas with Zika virus disease
- All people who do travel to areas with Zika should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
- Pregnant women should avoid travel to areas with Zika because of the chance of severe birth defects in the baby, if the mother gets infected.
- Currently, there is no evidence of local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika in Los Angeles County.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved bug spray. These will contain DEET, Picaridin or IR3535 as ingredients.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or clothing specially treated to avoid mosquito bites.
- Stay indoors when possible and make sure any open windows or doors have screens to keep mosquitos out.
- Pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas with Zika and, if they do go, avoid mosquito bites.
- If you are pregnant and traveled to an area with Zika, call your doctor and talk about your travel, even if you aren’t sick.
- If you are pregnant and your partner traveled to an area with Zika, see your doctor and talk about their travel.
- Men who live or have traveled in a Zika-affected areas and whose partner is pregnant are advised to properly use condoms during sexual activity or abstain from sex with the pregnant partner throughout their entire pregnancy.
Due to the rising concern about Zika virus, Public Health has been quick to respond by:
- Investigating possible cases of Zika virus infection in our communities.
- Updating our website and sharing information and education on Zika virus with residents.
- Reaching out to medical providers and people more likely to travel to countries with Zika.
- Working closely with vector control agencies.
Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are present in Los Angeles County, however as of August 29, 2016, no Zika Virus has been identified in vectors..