What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Before 2015, you most likely had never heard of the Zika virus. It was found mainly in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands until May 2015, when the virus was discovered for the first time in Brazil. Since then it has continued to spread around the globe to places including the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Puerto Rico. Although the virus has not yet spread from one person to another in the United States through a mosquito, experts believe that it’s likely to happen, and soon. So here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus to be prepared. What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is spread through infected mosquitoes. Named after the Zika forest in Uganda, where the virus was first discovered in 1947, these mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and around standing water. They prefer to bite people, and typically live both …

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