What you need to know about Zika 

In this toolkit, we’ll connect you with information about Zika from the CDC and other sources. 

Zika symptoms

most common symptoms

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Red eyes
  • Muscle pain

Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.


Controlling Mosquitoes Indoors

Mosquitoes can carry viruses, like West Nile and Zika. In this podcast, Mr. Hubbard teaches his neighbors, the Smith family, ways to help reduce the number of mosquitoes inside their home.


Controlling Mosquitoes Outside

Mosquitoes can carry viruses, like West Nile, Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. In this podcast, Mr. Hubbard will teach you and his neighbor, Laura, ways to help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home. Tips include eliminating areas of standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs and using larvicides to kill young mosquitoes.


Print Resources

Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It

Zika Action Sheet

What is an imported case?

Protecting Camp Staff and Campers

Zika Activity Book: For kids in areas with Zika

Zika Activity Book: For kids in the US

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Zika Prevention Door Hanger

Zika Basics Flipbook for Community Health Workers

What You Need to Know About Zika

Video Resources 


Zika 101

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Principal Deputy Director of CDC/ATSDR, gives an overview about the Zika virus including symptoms and potential side effects. The video also gives insight into tactics for mosquito bite prevention and travel recommendations for pregnant women.

A CDC Update for Clinicians on Zika Virus Disease

Dr. Joanne Cono, MD, ScM, Director of the Office of Science Quality of the CDC gave a live presentation regarding the latest Zika information available and answered a myriad of questions from your fellow health care practitioners.

CDC Zika Prevention Kits B-roll

CDC and the CDC Foundation partnered to create Zika prevention kits (ZPKs) to provide information and tools to support pregnant women and help them reduce their risk of Zika infection. This is b-roll footage of the kits and how they’re assembled.
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Cover and Repel: Zika Prevention for Puerto Rico

Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive daytime and nighttime biters. The CDC provides helpful tips for preventing mosquito bites through covering up and using the right repellents in this video. 
English | Spanish

CDC Trioplex PCR Test Kit B-roll

The CDC Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR Assay[PDF – 66 pages] is a diagnostic tool for Zika virus. It is a 3-in-1 test, that allows doctors to tell if an individual is currently infected with chikungunya, dengue, or Zika viruses by using a single sample. This eliminates the need to perform three separate tests to determine which infection a patient might have. This is b-roll footage of CDC scientists assembling Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR Assay kits for shipment to qualified public health labs in the Laboratory Response Network and abroad.
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Mosquito Prevention Video

Zika and other diseases can be spread through mosquitoes. This video shows recommended practices of what people can do to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites: applying insect repellent to children and adults, removing standing water where mosquitos can lay eggs, and properly installing window screens.
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Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for General Public in Puerto Rico

CDC provides guidance on effective steps to be taken to protect yourself, your family and your community from the spread of Zika virus. All the recommended actions taken together and repeated as recommended would result in reductions of mosquito populations and the possible spread of Zika. Spanish version
-Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for Healthcare Providers in Puerto Rico: English | Spanish
-Zika Virus Prevention for Puerto Rico (:30): English | Spanish

If You’re Pregnant and Have Sex, Use Condoms: Zika Prevention for Puerto Rico (General Public)

Zika virus can be spread by a man to his sex partners. Pregnant couples with male partners who live in or travel to areas with Zika should take steps to protect their pregnancy. In this video CDC provides guidance on preventing Zika through sexual transmission.
English | Spanish
Healthcare Provider Version English | Healthcare Provider Version Spanish


These toolkits contain communication materials that can be tailored for various groups to use when preparing for local transmission of Zika virus in the United States.