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Zika Virus

About Zika Virus

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Zika fever is an illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. Common symptoms include fever, rash and muscle pain, though only 1 in 5 cases is symptomatic. Zika has also been linked to serious birth defects, including microcephaly, when contracted by expectant mothers during pregnancy. (FloridaHealth)

 

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  • What is the Zika virus?
  • What are the symptoms associated with the Zika virus?
  • Aside from direct contact, how else can the Zika virus be transmitted?
  • What is microcephaly and how is it related to the Zika outbreak?
  • How have travel guidelines affected tourists/tourism in areas where the Zika virus has been confirmed?
  • What preventative steps can be taken to minimize the spread of the Zika virus?