Information and Resources to Guard Against Viruses Spread by Mosquitoes Such As the Zika Virus Disease
The U.S. Department of Education would like to refer you to information and resources for state and local leaders, schools, school-based health staff and educators on steps that can be taken to guard against viruses spread by mosquitoes such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed interim guidance for K–12 district and school administrators on public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can also be transmitted through sex with an infected person or passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. The CDC guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk of Zika virus infection in K–12 schools in the United States, provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk of Zika virus transmission on school premises and among members of the school community. Prevention of mosquito bites through multiple mosquito mitigation efforts is of paramount importance for avoiding Zika virus infections. We encourage you to share the CDC guidance with your district and school leaders and to remind teachers, students and others that the best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is protection from mosquito bites.