Understanding Zika Virus


We recently heard about the Zika virus outbreak in South America but the question is what exactly is Zika Virus? Where did it originate and what causes it?

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

A person can be infected but the signs will be passive even for a week before manifesting themselves.

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