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Is Zika serious What happens if I catch it

A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keshab Paudel
19 years experience Internal Medicine
ZIKA: Aedes mosquito: Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue ... Read More
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Maybe rarely by sex: In one case, an infected man returned to the US and his wife soon caught it, in circumstances that suggested no mosquito exposure. Zika was found in h ... Read More
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Dr. Andrea Arguello
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Under investigation: What is known is that Zika is transmitted from one individual to another by the Aedes species mosquito. It is also likely that the virus may be passe ... Read More

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Arguello
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
About one week: The Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected individual for a few days to about one week, however it can be found longer in some people. ... Read More
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe few weeks: Not known with certainty. The incubation period can be up to a week, and then the symptoms can be up to another week, so it may be an uncertain severa ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosq ... Read More
Dr. Morton Levitt
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Zika: The virus can be transmitted by body fluids and live mosquitoes. Close proximity to infected individuals, even without symptoms, can result in transm ... Read More
Dr. Luis Matos
45 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Probably not.: Zika is not contagious as long as you don't exchange body fluids with a person acutely ill with Zika. Otherwise, you have to be bitten by a mosquito ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Travel, mosquitoes: Avoid travel to those parts of South America where infection is common. If necessary to travel there, very careful mosquito bite prevention: long slee ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Jeanne
9 years experience Preventive Medicine
Up to a week: Symptoms typically begin a few days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and last for several days to a week. However, only about 1 out of 5 pe ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
See below: In 2018, no local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States. You may visit this site for more info: ht ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
3 years is safe: Zika lasts a few weeks to maybe 6 months. After that it should be safe to get pregnant, and almost certainly 3 years is safe. However, research is sti ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing=yes: Zika like many viruses can infect a fetus at any point and the outcome is hard to define at this point. It seems to attack/damage the developing nerve ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cynthia Archer
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Some information: The confirmed hosts which can manufacture Zika virus in sufficient quantity to pass it along to other mosquito vectors include primates (meaning monke ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
8 weeks: Only 20% of infected people have symptoms, usually mild fever + aches + rash lasting less than a week. It might be transmitted sexually and was once f ... Read More
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