Zika Virus – What You Need To Know

The Zika virus has been making international headlines recently and now, the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring Zika virus as a global health emergency. Zika is essentially a virus transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquito, the mosquito that is also responsible for transmitting Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. People who contract the Zika virus often begin to show symptoms such as mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms usually last for about a week.

Zika is causing a wave of panic and uncertainty across the world; in response, this informative infographic was released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) branch of the WHO. It provides an overview of the virus, how it can be prevented, available treatment options, and more. Share this infographic to help us raise awareness and keep the world informed.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys through a network that monitored yellow fever. It was later 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. From the 1960s to 1980s, human infections were found across Africa and Asia, typically accompanied by mild illness. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika infection was reported from the Island of Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) in 2007. In July 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome. In October 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

Source: Pan American Health Organization | What is Zika?

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