This mosquito-borne disease was brought to the U.S. by travelers from the Caribbean. It’s now found in more than half of US states, including Illinois. The disease is rarely fatal, but causes symptoms such as severe headache, fever, vomiting, rash and joint paint. Joint pain can linger for several months.
The Zika Virus is a relatively new mosquito-borne disease. It has become a problem in South America, primarily Brazil. It raised concerns when persons suffering from Zika virus developed Guillain-Barre’ syndrome and affected pregnant women began giving birth to babies with severe birth defects. In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.