Zika Virus Information

General Information

  • Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
  • Many people who get infected never have symptoms. In people who get sick, symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) are usually mild and resolve completely.
  • Zika can cause serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage and, in some cases, people have died.
  • Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her partners. Zika can be passed through sex, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time.
  • Because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, people living in or traveling to areas with Zika should take steps to prevent infection.

For more information please view the Zika Virus Presentation (PDF).

The 2018 Mosquito Spraying Schedule for the County can be found here.

Preventing Zika


Zika Resources

Anne Arundel County’s Department of Health

Zika: What You Need to Know (PDF)

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Zika Awareness and Prevention
MD Mosquito Control Twitter: @MdAgMosquito
Spraying Schedule for Anne Arundel County (PDF)

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)

View Zika Virus Information from the Maryland Department of Health

Center for Disease Control

Zika Virus
What We Know and What We Don’t Know Infographic (PDF)