Symptoms of Zika virus
Learn about the symptoms of Zika virus and what to do if you become ill.
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What are the symptoms of Zika virus?
The main symptoms of Zika virus include:
- a flat, red rash on the skin covered with small bumps
- red eyes
- general symptoms, such as:
- lack of energy
- short-term muscle or joint pain
- possible joint swelling, mainly in the smaller joints of the hands and feet
- low-grade fever (38.5°C or lower)
Symptoms of Zika virus can be similar to other travel-related viral diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya. However, Zika virus symptoms are typically milder. Only 1 in 4 people infected with Zika virus are believed to develop symptoms.
It usually takes between 3 to 12 days for symptoms to appear after infection. The symptoms are usually mild and last for 2 to 7 days.
What do you do if you become ill?
See a health care provider if you:
- develop symptoms consistent with Zika virus, and
- you or your sexual partner have travelled to an area or country reporting mosquito-spread Zika virus
This is especially important for pregnant women and those with underlying conditions such as:
- type 1 diabetes
- a weakened immune system (ability to fight infection)
Tell your health care provider where you've been travelling or living.
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