Middlesex County is continuing its efforts to prevent the spread of and protect residents from the Zika virus. The County’s Mosquito Extermination Commission is working closely with the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health and its Health Office to educate and protect the public.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters, but they can also bite at night. A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth, so pregnant women in any trimester should avoid travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. After travel to an area with Zika it is suggested that men should wait 6 months and women should wait 8 weeks to conceive, because Zika can be passed through sexual intercourse from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partner.
80% of people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital and they rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections. The most common symptoms of Zika include: fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and/or muscle pain. The good news is that as of July 2018, no local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission have been reported in the continental United States. With increased awareness and preventative measures, everyone can help prevent the spread of Zika.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission have created community information boards, in both English and Spanish, that will be on display in municipal libraries and health fairs through the rest of the summer. The boards have been created to promote awareness and provide information about prevention of the disease.
NJ State Department of Health - Frequently Asked Questions about Zika - English
Q&A's - Zika and Pregnancy
Zika Virus Travel Information
Avoiding Bug Bites
What Can I Do To Reduce Mosquitoes In My Yard?
Mosquito Control in Middlesex County