LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) — The state of the Zika epidemic will be discussed during a free, public webinar to be held at 10 a.m. May 13 by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The Zika webinar will include symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and recommendations for personal protection as well as where to access the most up-to-date information. A panel of professionals from UAMS and the Arkansas Department of Health will be available to take questions.

To join the webinar, visit For technical support, call 855-234-3348.

The Zika virus causes mild fever, skin rash, red eyes, muscle and joint pain, or a headache that can last for up to seven days. Pregnant women can pass the virus to their unborn fetuses which can result in birth defects such as abnormally small head, eye problems and hearing deficits. The virus is mostly transmitted through mosquito bites; however, sexual transmission is possible.