How do you get Zika?
Mosquito season in Virginia typically runs May 1 – October 31. Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopticus) is the most common cause of mosquito bites in Virginia and is capable of transmitting Zika. Mosquitoes pick up the virus from an infected human and then can infect another person by biting him or her. The virus can also be transmitted through sex with an infected partner and from mother to unborn child. Pets and other animals are not known to be infected with or to transmit Zika.

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1. What is Zika virus?
2. How serious is a Zika virus infection?
3. Why should pregnant women take special precautions to prevent Zika?
4. How do you get Zika?
5. What are the symptoms of Zika?
6. How long do symptoms of Zika last?
7. How is Zika diagnosed?
8. What is Loudoun County doing to help keep people safe from Zika?
9. Why is it important to know if a case of Zika was transmitted locally instead of through travel?
10. Where can I learn more about Zika?