Zika Virus Information
As of February 2, 2018 in South Carolina:
- Travel-associated cases reported: 0
- Pregnant women: 0
- Sexually transmitted: 0
- Locally acquired vector-borne cases reported: 0
- Total cases: 0
South Carolina has not had any confirmed Zika cases reported in 2018
Due to federal privacy restrictions, DHEC is unable to provide additional information concerning any individual,
including details about physical condition, hospitalization, age, sex, and residence.
In response to an outbreak of Zika virus in South America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has
issued travel advisories for anyone traveling to areas where the virus is common. The advisory is particularly
important for women who are pregnant, as the outbreak has led to reports of pregnant women giving birth to
babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. U.S. cases have been reported in travelers who have
where Zika virus is common.
Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of some Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be
transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Spread of the virus
through blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.
About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms. Symptoms can start about 3 to 7 days after being
bitten by a mosquito carrying Zika virus. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis
(red eyes). The first symptom is usually fever which may be associated with a rash. The illness is usually mild
with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Severe illness is uncommon.
Precautions to avoid mosquito bites can help to prevent Zika virus infection where transmission is occurring as
well as all mosquito-borne illnesses. Avoid mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
- Use insect repellents.
- Ensure screens are placed over windows.
- Wear long-sleeves and pants or permethrin-treated clothes.
- Empty any items that can hold water both inside and outside dwellings at least once a week. These items
include tires, buckets, toys, and trash containers.
Information for pregnant women
- The CDC recommends that all women who are pregnant should not travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
- Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus
- Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these
areas. If travel does occur, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
Prevention of Sexual Transmission
Sexual transmission of Zika virus
from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners is possible, although mosquito bites remain the primary
way that Zika virus is transmitted. Sex includes vaginal, anal, oral sex, and the sharing of sex toys.
- Because Zika can cause birth defects, pregnant women with partners who live in or traveled to an area with
Zika should protect themselves throughout their pregnancy.
- Pregnant couples should use condoms every time they have sex or not have sex throughout the
pregnancy. This is important, even if the partner does not have symptoms of Zika or feel sick. They
should also not share sex toys throughout the pregnancy.
- Anyone not concerned about pregnancy that wants to avoid getting or passing Zika during sex can use condoms
every time they have sex, or not have sex. The recommended period of time for taking these precautions will
depend on the couple’s situation.
- Couples with a partner who has traveled to an area with Zika should use condoms or not have sex for:
- At least 8 weeks after a Zika diagnosis or start of symptoms if the traveling partner is
- At least 6 months after a Zika diagnosis or start of symptoms if the traveling partner is
- At least 8 weeks after returning if the traveling partner (male or female) has no
- If you are trying to become pregnant, talk to your health care provider and find more information at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/women-and-their-partners.html
General information for travelers
- Consult with a travel medicine clinic or look for current health issues for specific destinations.
- Prepare to take recommended precautions prior to and during travel.
- Should you become ill soon after you travel and you need medical care, always inform your health care
provider about your travel history.
- If you have traveled to an area with Zika virus transmission and are experiencing symptoms, contact your
- Even if they do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take
steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes.