What is Zika?

Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily by Aedes mosquitoes (the same mosquitoes that spread chikungunya and dengue fever). In some cases it can also be spread through blood transfusions, through sexual contact, or from a pregnant mother to her baby.

Although Zika virus currently is not endemic to Hawaii (meaning at this time people do not get it from mosquitoes in Hawaii), it is very important for residents of Hawaii to protect themselves from Zika infection when they travel abroad to areas where Zika infection is spreading, and to monitor their health when they return to Hawaii.