Zika is a mosquito-borne virus with no vaccine that is mostly spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, causing a unique pattern of birth defects. Viruses such as dengue and chikungunya are also transmitted by the same species of mosquito as Zika.
Based on work by Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH, this interactive online guide presents seven behaviors that have the greatest potential to prevent transmission of the Zika virus and therefore Congenital Zika Syndrome. It is designed for program planners and implementers working on Zika response programs, with a focus on ensuring healthy pregnancies and births. Since the behaviors that reduce the mosquito population or prevent them from biting can also help prevent other Aedes-related viruses, this guide can also be used by those working to prevent dengue and chikungunya.
For each behavior, the guide explains key facts, instructs how to do the behavior correctly, provides tips for promoting the behavior, and offers supporting evidence. The guide includes a short video that can be downloaded and used for training or orientation, and downloadable PDF files for each behavior that can be printed and/or used for reference.