Zika continues to be a public health concern affecting people around the world. Since the start of the outbreak throughout the Americas in 2015, people have taken precautions to protect themselves against Zika-carrying mosquitoes. And it’s certainly warranted – Zika has been found to have links to serious illnesses and birth defects, like microcephaly. Pregnant women and couples expecting to have babies are especially at risk. So it’s important to understand as much information as possible about Zika’s symptoms, like, a rash, fever and joint pain. But, what are the signs your rash is a Zika rash? It’s important to remain informed on what health officials are learning about all the symptoms, even those that may initially seem unconnected.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Zika symptoms are usually mild, lasting for days to a week. Symptoms also include muscle pain and headaches, the CDC noted. Since Zika symptoms can be mild, many people may not realize they actually have the Zika virus.
A recent report published in the journal JAMA Dermatology described characteristics of a rash found on a 44-year-old man who had returned from Puerto Rico and tested positive for Zika. The subject’s rash was present most on his knees and feet.