Zika virus is spread to people through bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito(same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses).
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Deaths are rare.
The most common Symptoms of Zika virus disease are
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Aedes mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They are aggressive daytime biters, prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.
- A mother already infected with Zika virus near the time of delivery can pass on the virus to her newborn around the time of birth, but this is rare.
- It is possible that Zika virus could be passed from mother to fetus
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