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Zika Virus

Parent Category: Viruses (biological)
Zika virus is a disease spread by mosquitos. In most cases, the symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, and they usually last less than a week. However, the disease is more dangerous to unborn babies, as it can cause serious birth defects.
The chances of catching zika are currently very low, especially if  you are using repellents or staying out of infested areas.
Zika is a virus originated in Africa. It is very harmful and a research is going on about it.
It is a virus, and most viruses just have to run their course. They  are not like bacterias that can be treated with antibiotics.
The first way the Zika virus can be spread is by actually  encountering the mosquito. The mosquito then can inject the virus  into your body. The mosquito picks it up while feeding on an  infected person or animal.   The second way is through bodily function sharing. There are  currently...
The Zika virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex -  primarily from a man to his partner.
In January 2016, the United States Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC) issued travel guidance on affected countries,  including the use of enhanced precautions, and guidelines for  pregnant women including considering postponing travel. Other  governments or health agencies also...
It is a cause of significant concern for those living in tropical  areas where the mosquitoes that are the primary vector for  spreading the virus are active year-round. Pregnant women who  contract the virus will likely infect their unborn babies with the  virus where it may (depending on when...
Its a disease,   (Mostly of concern to pregnant women)   the chief spreader is the mosquito,   but at least one case of sexually transmitted case is reported.
The virus was first isolated in April 1947 from a rhesus macaque monkey that had been placed in  a cage in the Zika Forest of Uganda, near Lake  Victoria, by the scientists of the Yellow Fever Research  Institute. Eventually - around 1952 - researchers realized that  some people were getting...
Zika virus wasdiscovered in Uganda, Africa in 1947. Zika virus is a mosquitoborne disease & is carried by the same mosquito that carriesdengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. The person infected with Zikavirus may suffer from fever, joint pain, rashes, and headache. Youcan prevent yourself from...
The zika virus was actually discovered decades ago, it is just  moving into the United States, so it is drawing heavier media  attention.
Infection during pregnancy causes microcephaly and other brain malformations in  some babies.
Even young children who contract the Zika virus usually do not get  extremely sick if they were otherwise healthy when they got it. The  biggest risk is to developing fetuses where it can cause severe  birth defects.
Prevention involves decreasing mosquitoes bites in areas where the  disease occurs and proper use of condoms.
The earliest journal reference I've been able to locate so far is  an article in 1952:   Dick GW, Kitchen SF, Haddow AJ. Zika virus. I. Isolations and  serological specificity. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1952;46:509-520   Which states: "   Zika virus was first isolated from a sentinel...
The Zika virus usually produces symptoms so mild that many people  don't even realize they are infected. It seldom puts anyone in the  hospital, much less kills them; a few people die from Zika, but  deaths are very rare.   The deadly part of the virus comes from the effects on babies born ...
The virus is not know to cause death directly, but sometimes it  does cause secondary problems that can lead to death. Zika virus  infections have been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) with a  few cases of Zika related GBS resulting in death. Birth defects  caused by Zika can be life...
Usually through mosquito bites, through other ways.   ==========   See the Expert answer for most of the other ways.   Not mentioned is that males can also pass it to other males through  fellatio and anal intercourse.
Zika virus has symptoms of a severe flu, along with deeply  bloodshot eyes.
Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda where some of  the first cases were diagnosed.
The biggest problem with Zika is that Zika virus infection during  pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly.  Microcephaly is a condition where a baby's head is much smaller  than expected. Babies with microcephaly can have a range of other  problems, depending on how...
Although it may not be certain where it started, it was first  isolated and identified from infections in the Zika forest of  Uganda (hence the name given to the virus).
According to the US CDC the primary vector for the transmission of  the zika virus are infected  Aedes species mosquitos (Ae.  aegypti and  Ae. albopictus). Other vectors are infected mothers who  transmit it to their unborn children, infected men who may transmit  it to their sexual...
If they get infected with it. If they are healthy, it will make  them a bit sick, but not too seriously. If a female athlete is  pregnant when infected - or gets pregnant soon after getting  infected - it may not make the athlete sick but the birth defects  it can cause in the developing fetus...
Anyone CAN get the Zika virus if bitten by a mosquito carrying the  virus.   ...   Also - pregnant women who contract the virus will probably pass it  to the developing fetus (causing nasty birth defects) so  technically that would also be a case of a "kid" getting Zika.
It's a virus, and most viruses do not have a cure, like HIV, flu,  or even the common cold.
Most Zika virus infections cause no symptoms, but when present they  may include fever, red eyes, joint  pain, headache, and a rash over a flat, red area on the skin  covered with small bumps.
Not by our standards, being that Brazil is the epicenter of the  disease and all they have managed to do thus far is to spray  insecticide in the major Olympic areas. It's not going to be  enough. The filthy conditions, widespread poverty, and  contamination of the natural resources by the...
I think they are. This is a new disease that was brought up from  South America quicker than it should have because of air travel, so  people were not aware they even needed to be careful and were  infected without knowing. Others knew the danger and allowed  themselves to be exposed anyways.  ...
Currently the CDC is treating and experimenting with insecticides  to try to stop the advance of the mosquito-borne virus, although  those efforts have not been as successful as hoped.   They are also considering genetically modified mosquito options  that would hopefully, if released and...
Zika is actively present in the United States, American Samoa,  Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, South and Central America, Pacific  Islands, and Cape Horn in Africa.   There are attempts to contain the spread of the virus, but due to  the fact it is transmitted by mosquitoes, containment is...
Zika virus causes flu like symptoms, a rash, blood shot eyes, and  can cause microcephaly in unborn babies. It is spread by mosquitos,  but after a person is infected, they can also spread it through  sexual contact. In some extreme cases, zika can be fatal.
 Pain in the back of the eyes   Muscle pain   Joint pain   Very noticable eye redness   Headache   Skin rash   Fever   Fatigue   Chills   Sweating   Loss of appetite      Some people can also have Zika with no symptoms.
According to the CDC, Zika virus stays in the blood for 2 to 7 days  after the symptoms pass. However, it stays in urine and semen for  up to a few months after the infection.     If a person is trying to conceive after having Zika virus, both  partners should consult with a physician to...
The bite from a Zika infected mosquito does not look any different  than a regular mosquito bite. Most people that are infected with  Zika will never even show symptoms. However, when symptoms do  appear, they are usually similar to the flu, joint pain, fever,  stiffness. They may also display...
Not quite, but a group of college researchers from Florida State  University (FSU), Johns Hopkins University, and the National  Institutes of Health have made a couple of major breakthroughs.    FSU Professor of Biological Science Hengli Tang helped to lead the  research. They found that the...