What are the symptoms of the Zika virus?

While most people infected with Zika virus won't experience symptoms, the most common are: fever, rash, joint pain, red eye, muscle pain, or headache. The incubation time for the virus is not known, but is estimated to be a few days to one week.

  • If you develop any of these symptoms within two weeks after arriving home from a trip to a place where Zika has been reported, see your doctor or health care provider.

According to the CDC, the Zika virus "usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people." If you are infected with the disease, you are likely to be safe from future infections. The illness resulting from the disease is usually mild, which is why those with the disease often might not realize it is Zika.

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How do you treat Zika?

There currently is no medicine to treat Zika, nor is there a vaccine to prevent it. The CDC advises instead treating the symptoms. For example: drink fluids, get rest, take appropriate medicine to reduce fever and alleviate pain. Congress recently passed Senator Blunt's bipartisan amendment that provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding for priority initiatives focused on prevention, control, and treatment of the Zika virus.

Click here for more information on treatment, symptoms, and diagnosis on Zika.

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Where have there been cases of Zika in the United States?

As of June 8, 2016, there have been a total of 691 travel-associated cases reported by the CDC. Below is a map of the United States depicting states and territories reporting Zika virus cases, all of which in the contiguous United States have been linked to travel. You can find more detailed information here.

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What countries and territories have active Zika virus transmissions?
Image courtesy of Centers for Disease Control (updated May 26, 2016)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the following countries and territories have active Zika virus transmission:
Argentina El Salvador Saint Barthelemy
Aruba French Guinea      Saint Lucia
Barbados Grenada Saint Martin
Belize Guadeloupe Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bolivia Guatemala Sint Maarten
Bonaire Guyana Suriname
Brazil Haiti Trinidad and Tobago
Colombia Honduras U.S. Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico Jamaica Venezuela
Costa Rica Martinique
Cuba Mexico
Curacao Nicaragua
Dominica Panama
Dominican Republic      Paraguay
Ecuador Peru

Oceania/Pacific Islands:

American Samoa          Marshall Islands Samoa
Fiji New Caledonia Tonga
Kosrae Papua New Guinea


Cape Verde
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Who should I contact if I have questions or need additional information?

For more information on the Zika virus, or to find out more about Zika testing, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by calling: 573-751-6113 or 800-392-0272.

You can also find health alerts, advisories, and updates on the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services' website here.

Current information from CDC on Zika, including countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission can be found here.

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Timeline of Senator Blunt's Efforts on Zika Virus

June 15, 2016:

The Committee on Conference meets to reconcile House and Senate versions of the supplemental package to combat Zika.

June 9, 2016:

Senator Blunt is selected as a member of the conference committee that will negotiate the final aid package that will go to the president for his signature to ultimately provide resources for this public health emergency.

May 31, 2016:

Senator Blunt visits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA to meet with CDC Director Thomas Frieden and discuss the agency's Zika response efforts. 

May 26, 2016:

Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden talks at the National Press Club in support of the bipartisan Senate bill to combat Zika.

May 19, 2016:

Senator Blunt's bipartisan amendment passes the Senate by a vote of 68-30. The measure provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding for priority initiatives focused on prevention, control, and treatment of the Zika virus. It does not include funding for nonessential projects in the president’s original request, such as $85 million to expand existing federal buildings that wouldn’t be completed for years. These funds are in addition to the nearly $600 million in existing funding previously utilized by the administration to begin an immediate response to the Zika threat. 

May 18, 2016:

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approves $622 million bill to fight Zika.

May 17, 2016:

Senator Blunt discusses his proposed amendment with Senator Murray (Wash.) on the Senate floor. This bipartisan amendment would provide emergency resources to help combat the Zika virus.

May 16, 2016:

The House of Representatives introduces H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act. This bill provides FY2016 supplemental appropriations to the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and State to respond to the Zika virus.

May 12, 2016:

Senator Blunt's amendment with Senator Murray (Wash.) is introduced to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This amendment will help provide additional resources to help fight Zika.

March 3, 2016:

Senator Blunt chairs U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing with Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss the fiscal year 2017 HHS budget request and the Zika response efforts.

April 28, 2016:

Senator Blunt talks about the need for Zika to be dealt with quickly on the Senate floor.

February 11, 2016:

Senator Blunt, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, holds a Senate hearing with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci to review emerging health threats and the Zika supplemental request. 

February 9, 2016:

Senator Blunt meets with Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and members of Republican leadership to discuss response efforts for the Zika virus.

Senator Blunt: Zika Virus Needs to be Dealt With in Quickest and Best Way Possible