If You Have Symptoms, Go To the DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY if:
- OR -
2. You've had a high fever which then drops to 38°C/100°F along with:
- Very bad stomach pain.
- Constant throwing up.
- Blood in vomit.
- Fast and/or difficult breathing.
- Bleeding gums.
- Extreme tiredness or weak all over the body.
- OR -
3. You have muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, or severe headache and pain when you bend neck.
Ask your doctor/healthcare provider whether you can take medicines for pain and fever. Some pain relief medicines can be dangerous if you have dengue.
- Take acetaminophen (like Tylenol) for fever and pain until your doctor confirms that you do not have dengue.
- Do not take ibuprofen (like Advil and Motrin), aspirin, or aspirin-containing drugs. This can cause internal bleeding.
Can I Get Tested for These Diseases?
Yes. Talk to your doctor. They can follow state guidelines to determine if they should order a blood or urine test.
Testing guidelines vary by state but generally you can get tested for Zika:
- If you have Zika symptoms, - OR -
- you are pregnant, and have traveled to or live in an area that has Zika, - OR -
- you are pregnant and your partner has traveled to an area that has Zika.
If You Are Sick, Avoid Mosquito Bites!?
During the first week of being sick, a mosquito that bites you can get infected. After about one week, that mosquito can then bite a family member or neighbor and make them sick.
Once a mosquito is infected, it can infect people for the rest of its life (up to one month).
Protect Yourself from Bites While You are Sick
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house.
- If you have air conditioning use it rather than opening the windows.
- Stay in a room with screens on the windows and doors.
- Aedes aegypti mosquitoes like to hide inside! Check the room for any stray mosquitoes.
- Shake out the curtains, look in closets and under beds and furniture.