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What's being said about Zika Virus:

WHO Zika Virus Facts Updated February 2016

Transmission

Zika virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Key facts

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.

  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.

  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.

  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Prevention

Mosquitoes and their breeding sites pose a significant risk factor for Zika virus infection. Prevention and control relies on reducing mosquitoes through source reduction (removal and modification of breeding sites) and reducing contact between mosquitoes and people. 

 

Nearly a year after the first cases of Zika were diagnosed in Brazil, the virus, which is suspected to cause birth defects and other neurological problems, is bearing down on American shores. It is already in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. There have been more than 50 cases of Americans infected abroad, and most experts believe that by summer, the continental United States will have some of its own homegrown cases, meaning that domestic mosquitoes will have the virus. - Prepare for ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn- New York Times

 

Get answers to your Zika Virus questions from the CDC

 

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