What Do We Know About Zika?
Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
Zika can be spread through mosquito bites, from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, through sex, and through blood transfusion (very likely, but not confirmed). Zika is usually a mild sickness (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) that lasts about a week, however many people have no symptoms. Pregnant women and women who might become pregnant should be careful not to get Zika because Zika can cause birth defects.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family?
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Page Last Updated: 4/18/2017