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10 Interesting Facts about Zika Virus

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Interesting Facts about Zika Virus present the useful information about a virus, which causes a dengue fever. People call the infection as Zika virus diseases or Zika fever. The symptoms of the infection are mild or very mild. In some cases, there are no symptoms. The West Nile, yellow fever, dengue and Japanese encephalitis viruses are always associated with Zika virus.

Facts about Zika Virus 1: the virus family

One of the members of the virus family Flaviviridae is Zika virus.  The mosquitoes like A. albopictus and A. aegypti spread the virus.

zika virus rash

zika virus rash

Facts about Zika Virus 2: the first isolation of the virus

In 1947, the first isolation of Zika virus was conducted for the first time in Zika Forest of Uganda. That is why the virus is called Zika.

Facts about Zika Virus 3: the spread of Zika virus

Zika virus is not only found in Asia and Africa. It also spreads to other parts of the world like Americas and Pacific Ocean in 2007 until 2016.  The Zika virus epidemic took place in 2015 until 2016.

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zika virus facts

Facts about Zika Virus 4: the treatment

The specific treatment for Zika infection is not available. The symptoms will be relieved if the patient takes a rest and take paracetamol.

Facts about Zika Virus 5: the prevention

The prevention of Zika infection is not available as of 2016. The vaccines or even medications cannot prevent its infection.

Facts about Zika Virus 6: pregnancy

The fetus of a pregnant woman may be infected if the mother is infected by the virus. The infection has negative impacts on the fetus. It may lead into the birth defects like microcephaly and Guillain–Barré syndrome.

Facts about Zika Virus 7: the travel warning

The travel warning is applied by the health agencies and governments in the world related to the epidemic of Zika virus.

Facts about Zika Virus 8: postponing pregnancy

It was advisable for the women who lived in Jamaica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to postpone their pregnancy.

Facts about Zika Virus 9: the lineage

The lineages of Zika virus are the Asian lineage and African lineage.

Facts about Zika Virus 10: the transmission

Monkeys were considered as the primary vertebrate, which hosted Zika virus. The transmission of the disease may occur due to the blood transfusion, sexual contact and infection of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The rapid spread of Zika virus was spotted in the Caribbean and Latin America based on the news reports in 2015.

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