Zika Virus

Zika virus is primarily transmitted to humans in tropical regions through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus (mainly Aedes aegypti). Zika virus is usually mild and self-limiting with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. However, infection with Zika virus during pregnancy has been linked to congenital microcephaly and other serious brain defects in fetuses and infants. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also of great concern; several cases of individuals contracting the disease from partners in the U.S. have been reported. Transfer from infected patient to other patients without sexual contact was also recently described, but the exact mechanism is not understood (Swaminathan, 2016).

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Content Review: 
October 2017

Last Update: October 2018