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6 Need-to-Know Facts About Zika Virus


If you listen or read any news at all, you’ve no doubt heard of the Zika virus.  Ever since the very first Zika infection was confirmed in Brazil in May of 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have warned pregnant women against traveling to certain regions of the globe.

Here are six pertinent facts about the Zika virus…

1. What’s Zika Virus?

Zika is a mosquito-transmitted disease that’s caused when a human is bitten by an infected Aedes species (or tiger) mosquito. Instances also exist of Zika virus transmission via sexual contact and blood transfusion. Up until 2015, health officials considered Zika virus “relatively harmless”.

However, now the CDC and other health experts have discovered a direct correlation between Zika virus and the development of a neurological disorder, known as microcephaly, in newborns and unborn babies that causes babies to be born with small heads and underdeveloped brains.

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