Some people with Zika do not show symptoms at all and do not know they are sick. The most common signs of Zika are:
- Skin rash
- Red, itchy eyes
- Muscle and joint pain
- A general feeling of being ill
Causes and Risk Factors
Zika is mainly caused by infection spread by mosquito bites. Rare cases when the disease has been spread through sexual contact have been reported.
Patients living or traveling in areas affected by Zika are at an increased risk of getting the infection. These regions include areas of Cape Verde, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Pacific Islands and South America.
The latest information on areas affected by the disease may be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.