WHAT IS ZIKA VIRUS?
Zika is a virus (germ) that is spread to people by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that also spread dengue and chikungunya. The virus was first discovered in 1947 and has since been found in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika virus was first found in Latin America and the Caribbean in May 2015. In 2016, Zika was found for the first time in the United States in someone who traveled to Central America.
ZIKA IN LONG BEACH
As of December 1, 2016 there are have been 6 travel related cases of Zika infections in Long Beach. There are no locally acquired cases of Zika in the state of California. Additionally, the mosquitos that transmit Zika (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) have not been found in Long Beach, however they have been found in neighboring cities.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT ZIKA?
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC Zika Virus page
California Department of Public Health:
Zika Fact Sheet
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