Help spread the word about Zika
Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, but it can also be spread through sexual contact. Oregon’s risk for local mosquitoes spreading the disease is currently low. This is because there are two types of mosquitoes that are known to transmit Zika, and neither mosquito has been found in Oregon. Right now, Oregon's main concern is for travelers and their sex partners.
How you can help
Although Oregon’s risk of having local mosquitoes spread Zika is low, community groups have an important role in getting information about Zika to people likely to travel to Zika affected areas.
Community groups can also help promote mosquito bite prevention. Preventing mosquito bites will make Oregon better prepared for Zika if mosquitoes in the state were to start carrying and spreading the virus here. Additionally, practicing mosquito bite prevention prevents the spread of West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has occurred in Oregon.
Community organizations interested in learning more about Zika may find the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika website helpful:
Toolkits from the CDC are available for organizations wanting to help get the message out to people likely to travel or who may have a sex partner who travels. Some of the kits do have multiple languages available.
View the CDC toolkits, which include tailored information for:
- Elementary - High Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Community, Faith-based and youth-serving organizations
- Healthcare Providers and Management
- Housing Management and Associations
- Outdoor workers