What is the treatment for Zika?

There is no medicine to treat Zika. It is treated by addressing the symptoms:

a. Get plenty of rest.

b. Drink fluids to prevent hydration.

c. Take medicine such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®) or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example, ibuprofen such as Advil® or Motrin®) should not be taken until dengue can be ruled out, to reduce the risk of bleeding.

d. If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking any other medication.

e. Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during the first week of illness, to prevent the spread of Zika to mosquitoes which may then infect other people.