The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians to be aware of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to Central America, South America or the Caribbean.
Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infectious mosquito.
Symptoms include rash and red eyes. Less common symptoms include fever, joint pain, and muscle aches.
Pregnant women are especially urged to postpone any trips to places with active virus transmission.
A pregnant woman infected with Zika can pass the virus to her unborn baby.
A serious birth defect of the brain called microephaly, and other abnormalities, have been reported in some mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
No cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina; however, suspected cases are required to be reported.