Protect Yourself From the Zika Virus By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 3/29/2016 The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has recently been classified as a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although the symptoms of the virus are generally mild, the virus may cause serious congenital disorders. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family: Women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant should postpone traveling to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Individuals traveling to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellents and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts. Consult a health care professional if you experience any symptoms of the Zika virus, such as a rash, fever, joint pain or conjunctivitis. Experts have theorized that the Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her child, and it can cause the development of microcephaly. This serious abnormality frequently leads to a lower than average life expectancy and severely impaired intellectual development. Be Safe. Be Well. Thanks for reading.