Widespread Transmission

Widespread transmission of Zika virus in Illinois is very unlikely unless a new mosquito vector, regularly present in Illinois, is identified. In the emergency preparedness and response chart, this would be phases four and five.

Human Disease Surveillance

CDCS will continue to collect information about suspect cases, where they have been, and what symptoms they have. CDCS will ask blood donation and organ donor questions to make sure individuals who may have Zika virus do not donate while the virus is still circulating in their blood. CDCS will work with the IDPH laboratory to monitor the capacity for testing specimens and make recommendations as to who should be tested based on that capacity.

Mosquito Control

In the event of widespread transmission, IDPH will activate cooperative ventures with MADs and other county or municipal mosquito control programs, licensed pest control companies, and other providers, to expand larviciding and adulticiding mosquito control efforts in Zika Virus Transmission Areas in greatest need.

The State Emergency Operations Center may be activated to coordinate Zika virus response efforts and resource with other State agencies.