Holy Cross Health is in active dialogue and working closely with local and state health department partners regarding the latest guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding Zika Virus Disease (ZVD).

Holy Cross Health Statement on the Zika VirusZika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Until more is known, CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid traveling to areas with Zika.

If you or a family member is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, Holy Cross Health recommends that you follow the Zika prevention guidelines outlined by the CDC.