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For parents: a positive Zika virus test : what does it mean for my child?
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    Is Zika a more serious illness for children than it is for adults? -- Will a Zika infection affect my child’s growth and development, or his or her reproductive health? -- How can I treat my child’s symptoms of Zika? -- How can I prevent my child from spreading Zika to others? -- Is my child protected from future infections?

    You’ve just learned from your pediatrician or healthcare provider that your child has a positive Zika test result, which means your child

    has a Zika virus infection. During the first week of infection, Zika virus is in a person’s blood. Prevent your child from getting bitten by mosquitoes. While the virus is in your child’s blood, a mosquito can bite the child, get infected with the Zika virus, and spread the virus to other people.

    Everyone who has Zika should take steps to protect themselves and others. This fact sheet explains what to do.



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