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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is communicating with local health departments and healthcare providers through health alert messages and conference calls to increase their awareness. Updated information will be posted to the NJDOH website as updates become available.
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There is no specific treatment for Zika. Symptoms are treated by getting rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, and taking medicines such as acetaminophen or paracetamol to relieve fever and pain. Aspirin and other non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of increased bleeding.
No, there is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika.
Travel-related cases at this time of year are not a risk to the public since mosquitoes are not active in the U.S. during the winter months. However, if people are infected while visiting another country in months when mosquitoes are active in the U.S., it will be important for the Zika-infected traveler to avoid being bitten by a mosquito once they return to the U.S. for the week following illness onset. This will help prevent the mosquitoes here in the U.S. from getting infected by the traveler.