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Zika Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms or will have mild symptoms, which can last for several days to a week.

The best way to prevent Zika is to:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents; wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.

Zika can also be spread by men to their sex partners. People whose male sex partners have traveled to or live in an area with Zika can prevent Zika by using condoms correctly every time they have sex or by not having sex.