Zika Virus | Cerro Gordo

Zika Virus


The Zika Virus is the newest threat in mosquito-borne illnesses. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is closely monitoring the world events and making plans to enhance the summer mosquito surveillance in Cerro Gordo County. For more than ten years, the Department has been conducting a mosquito surveillance program that includes weekly mosquito tabulations. From these tabulations, we have not collected the mosquito species that are carriers of Zika Virus. However, traditional monitoring techniques will need to be enhanced to include additional collection methods. As our surveillance program begins later this spring, we will be providing regular and timely updates.

At this time, there are several key points to be aware of:Zika1

  • Those most at risk of contracting this virus are pregnant women or women considering pregnancy.
  • If you are traveling to areas where Zika Virus transmission is occurring AND you are pregnant or considering pregnancy, you might reconsider your travel plans. If you must travel to these areas, consult the CDC website (link below) for the latest information, or contact the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health to have your questions addressed.
  • The majority of individuals who become infected with Zika Virus will most likely have no symptoms or very mild flu like symptoms.  

As the situation changes, we will be sure to keep the public up-to-date on the latest information. We are available to answer any of your questions by calling 641-421-9300. General mosquito and mosquito surveillance information can be found HERE!