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October 19, 2016

6 things to know about the Zika virus

What is Zika?
It’s a virus spread mostly by mosquitos. It can also be transmitted sexually, through blood transfusions, in the lab and from mother to child.
Where is it found?
At first, cases were reported in South America. A number of months ago, cases of Zika were found in the United States — but they were believed to be people who had traveled to areas where the virus was found. Recently, however, the first cases of Zika that came from a mosquito bite locally in Florida were reported.
What are the symptoms of the Zika virus?
Some people don’t have any symptoms, or mild symptoms. Others may have fever, rash, joint pain, red itchy eyes, muscle pain or headaches.
Why is it getting so much attention?
If it’s passed from a pregnant woman to her baby, it can cause microcephaly — a birth defect that affects the size of the infant’s brain and head.
How can I keep up-to-date on this threat?
Get the latest on Zika at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. It includes an ongoing count of cases in the US, where they are and the nature of each.
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