They typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.
Mosquitoes that spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika are aggressive daytime biters but can also bite at night. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.
The biggest threat of the Zika-spreading mosquito is to pregnant women who then have a probability of having a child with a serious birth defect.
There is no vaccine or specific medicine to prevent or treat Zika infections. For maximum comfort, treat symptoms by:
- Getting plenty of rest.
- Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Taking medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to relieve fever and pain.
- Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
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