Treatment of Zika virus

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Treatment consists of relieving pain, fever, and any other symptom causing the patient discomfort. The symptoms of Zika fever can be treated as follows:

 
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicines, such as acetaminophen or paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain.
  • Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage.

Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.