Mosquito Borne Diseases
Make a selection to learn more about the most important potential diseases carried by mosquitoes in your community.
Zika Virus carried by:
Aedes aegypti and probably Aedes albopictus
For more information visit www.cdc.gov/zika
Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The most common Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes (called conjunctivitis). Symptoms are relatively mild and usually last for only a few days to a week after the mosquito bite. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to a hospital, and they rarely die of Zika.
In fact only one in five people infected with Zika even feel sick. But if Zika infects a woman when she is pregnant, it can harm her baby. A condition called microcephaly has been linked to Zika, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.