DPH: Zika Information for the General Public

Zika Information for the General Public



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Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil and on Feb 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories.

Thus far, there has been no reported cases of locally acquired Zika virus in the Continental United States; however, there have been reported cases in people who have traveled to an affected area. Women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant should consult their healthcare provider if they or their sexual partner have traveled or must plan travel to an area with local transmission.  

Information You Can Use...

from UCONN Health

MotherToBaby CT is a state-funded program of UCONN Health that provides free, confidential, up-to-date information about different types of exposures for women who are pregnant or nursing, or considering a pregnancy. If you have questions regarding Zika virus in pregnancy you can call MotherToBaby CT at 860-679-6199 or 800-325-5391, or email us at MotherToBaby@uchc.edu. This service can also provide information to health care providers.

from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Fact Sheets and Posters (multiple languages)
    • Zika virus information
      • Traveling
      • Pregnancy
      • Prevention
    • Mosquito information
      • Bite prevention
      • Control
      • Species

More About Connecticut's Zika Virus Response

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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)





To contact the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program, please call 860-509-7994.




Content Last Modified on 7/12/2016 3:28:24 PM