What is Zika?
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
Zika virus can also be spread by sexual contact with an infected
person, blood transfusions, laboratory contamination, and perinatal
transmission. It has been linked to adverse outcomes in newborns, including
microcephaly, eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. Additionally,
there is an association between Zika and Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS), a
disease affecting the nervous system. To date in California, Zika virus
infections have been documented only in people who were infected while
traveling outside the United States or through sexual contact with an infected
traveler. It is likely, however, that
California will see locally-transmitted cases of Zika in the future, as
increasing amounts of Aedes
mosquitoes have been identified in several cities throughout Southern
Zika Testing Guidelines & Algorithm
How to Report and Request Testing?