Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

The Zika virus is growing health concern that has the attention of lead health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Zika virus can be spread in three different ways. The most common way is when a mosquito bites someone who has Zika and then bites someone else, thus spreading the virus. Another way of spreading Zika is through unprotected sexual activity with a man who has the Zika virus. The virus has been known to live in a man’s semen, and can be passed through sexual contact. A third route of transmission can happen when a pregnant woman gets Zika, she can pass it to her fetus. Zika can cause symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. However, only 1 in 5 of those infected with Zika will show symptoms. There is no drug to treat the virus and no approved vaccine to prevent Zika.

On June 22, 2016, Child Care of Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team held a webinar with experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Health Team, and Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force. The webinar covered various topics, including:

  • The basics of the Zika virus (how its spread, signs and symptoms, risk factors)
  • The role of child care providers in prevention (mosquito control and repellent guidelines)
  • Recommendations for pregnant mothers and parents considering pregnancy.

Click HERE to view the webinar

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