Zika Virus Information

Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. They work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families have access to high-quality, affordable child care. Child Care Aware of America has recorded a webinar for discussion and expansion of our general knowledge about the Zika virus.

Zika virus is a virus spread through mosquito bites of Aedes species mosquitoes or sexual transmission from someone who is infected with the Zika virus. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Because most people don’t have symptoms or the symptoms are mild, people may not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.

This webinar included the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the following topics:

  • The basics of the Zika virus (how it’s spread, signs and symptoms, risk factors)
  • The role of child care providers in prevention (mosquito control and repellent guidelines)
  • Recommendations for pregnant mothers and parents considering pregnancy

A recording of the Zika virus webinar is now available online. Click here to watch.