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Zika virus is a flavivirus, which is the same family as Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus. The current outbreak started in Brazil in early 2015 and has led to an ongoing epidemic throughout the Americas.

The virus spreads to humans primarily through bites from infected Aedes mosquitoes, but there are also several reports of sexual transmission.

Many questions arise when these types of situations occur. If you are concerned that you may have contracted Zika virus, please speak with your primary OB/GYN provider first and they may refer you to one of our clinics if needed.

You can also learn more by reading our downloadable brochure on Zika virus for patients (.pdf). If you are a provider, we encourage you to check out our Zika virus information for providers (.pdf) to learn more about available testing options, specifics about screenings, the algorithm that has been established by the Colorado Fetal Care Center and more.

To learn more about Zika, see resources from the Centers for Disease Control for updates for both patients and providers.

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